Orange County COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen again

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS) — Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rose again after stabilizing for a day, according to data released Friday by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

what you need to know

  • Hospital admissions rose to 1,072 on Thursday from 1,071 on Wednesday, but then rose to 1,154 on Friday, with the number of intensive care patients rising from 168 to 171
  • The county also recorded 8,257 new positive COVID-19 tests on Friday, bringing the cumulative total since the pandemic began to 430,675
  • The number of fully vaccinated residents in Orange County rose to 2,357,761 from 2,341,562 last week
  • The most commonly vaccinated age groups are seniors

The patient load in the district hospitals increases day by day from 188 on December 20th to 215 on December 21st.

Hospitalizations rose to 1,072 on Thursday from 1,071 on Wednesday, but then rose to 1,154 on Friday, with the number of intensive care patients rising from 168 to 171, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The county also recorded 8,257 new positive COVID-19 tests on Friday, bringing the cumulative total since the pandemic began to 430,675.

The county has 19.6% of its ICU beds and 63% of its ventilators. Of the hospital patients, 86% are unvaccinated and 87% in the intensive care unit are not vaccinated, according to OCHCA.

“It’s good that hospitalizations have plateaued — I’m going to take that all day,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, told the City News Service on Thursday.

“But it’s too early to do a lap of honor,” he added. “I was pretty sure this summer delta (variant) would peak higher than he did. Actually, I don’t think it’s unthinkable that we’ll climax, but just for one day – you’ve got to give me more than that.”

No matter how much higher hospitalizations climb, the death toll may not match previous increases, Noymer said.

“I think the mortality will be lower,” he said. “First of all, Omicron is milder, which doesn’t mean it’s something to sneeze at for the unvaccinated, but Omicron is less severe clinically and even more so for the vaccinated, but ventilator use is also lower and hospital stays are fewer days on average.

“This is not a silver lining per se, but the fact is that there will be fewer deaths for hospital patients this time than last January. I’m not calling the summit.”

The county’s adjusted daily case rate per 100,000 people rose to 108 on Friday from 103.4 on Thursday. The test positivity rate rose from 26.8% to 27.5% and rose from 29.8% to 31% in the health equity quartile, which measures the underserved communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

The number of fully vaccinated residents in Orange County rose from 2,341,562 to 2,357,761 as of Thursday.

That number includes an increase from 2,189,337 last week to 2,205,067 residents who received two-dose vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna.

The number of residents who received Johnson & Johnson’s one-time vaccine increased from 152,225 to 152,694. Booster shots increased from 900,815 to 975,937

In the relatively young age group of 5 to 11 years, the number of vaccinated children rose from 46,791 to 52,803 compared to 215,777 who were not vaccinated. It is the least vaccinated age group in Orange County. The second worst age group vaccinated is 25 to 34, with 314,619 vaccinated and 144,782 not vaccinated.

The most common age groups vaccinated are seniors.

The 7-day case rate per 100,000 for not fully vaccinated residents rose from 212.9 on Jan. 1 to 290.1 ​​on Jan. 8, the latest data available. The case rate of fully vaccinated subjects without a booster shot increased from 189.2 to 220.4, the case rate of fully vaccinated subjects with a booster shot increased from 72.2 to 91.9.

As of Thursday, Orange County jails had 178 infected inmates, 44 from newly booked inmates.

The county recorded five more COVID-related deaths Friday, including the first for 2022. One occurred in December.

The death toll for the new year stands at four.

The December death toll is now 65. County Assistant Health Officer Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong said last Friday that 50 of those who died in December were unvaccinated and seven were elderly.

The November death toll stands at 103. The October death toll stands at 127, with 196 in September and 182 in August.

In contrast, the death toll before the Delta variant triggered a summer surge was 31 in July, 19 in June, 26 in May, 47 in April, 202 in March, and 620 in February.

January 2021 remains the deadliest month of the pandemic with a death toll of 1,598, ahead of December 2020, the next deadliest, with 985 people lost to the virus.

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