SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS) – Orange County’s COVID-19 hospital admissions continued to decline Sunday, suggesting more that the summer spike fueled by the Delta variant has peaked.
The number of coronavirus patients in the district hospitals fell from 348 on Saturday to 320, while the number of COVID patients in the intensive care unit rose from 101 to 107 according to the country.
What you need to know
- Orange County’s COVID-19 hospital admissions continued to decline Sunday, suggesting more that the summer spike fueled by the Delta variant has peaked
- The number of coronavirus patients in the county hospitals fell from 348 on Saturday to 320, while the number of COVID patients in the intensive care unit rose from 101 to 107
- Weekly averages, released Tuesday, showed the county’s case rate per 100,000 residents fell from 16 to 15.3
- The county owned 20.7% of its ICU beds and 64% of its ventilators, according to the Orange County Health Department
“Basically we’re pretty good looking,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and professor of population health and disease prevention at UC Irvine, told the City News Service on Friday. “We’re as good as we expected, but I’d like to see lower. I hope we don’t find a floor of 350 hospital stays. I’m not a supporter of zero COVID.We won’t see any COVID hospital admissions anytime soon, but the numbers look good to me and the percentage positivity has gone down, suggesting we should find a lower floor sometime next week.
Noymer was disappointed that a panel of the US Food and Drug Administration rejected a plan for proposed booster injections for the general public 16 and over.
“I’m in favor of boosters so this is a huge disappointment,” said Noymer. “I don’t know why you are so careful, honestly.
Weekly averages released on Tuesdays showed the county’s case rate per 100,000 population fell from 16 to 15.3, while the test positive rate fell from 5.4% to 4.7%.
The positivity rate in the county’s health equity quartile, which measures progress in the county’s low-income communities, decreased from 5.8% to 5.1%.
The county owned 20.7% of its ICU beds and 64% of its ventilators, according to the Orange County Health Department.
The county recorded seven more COVID-related deaths on Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 5,344. Six of the fatalities occurred in September, bringing the death toll for that month to 18 so far. Another fatality occurred in August, bringing the death toll to 133 last month.
The OCHCA also reported 394 new infections on Friday, bringing the cumulative total since the pandemic started to 292,844. The agency does not report any COVID data on weekends.
The number of fully vaccinated residents in the district rose from 2,043,693 the previous week to 2,069,128 on Thursday. That number includes an increase from 1,908,595 to 1,932,614 residents who received the two-dose schedule from Pfizer or Moderna. The number of residents who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-use vaccine increased from 135,098 to 136,514.
There are 220,138 residents who received a dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The county’s case rate for fully vaccinated residents as of September 11, the latest available numbers, was 4 per 100,000, but 22.9 per 100,000 for the unvaccinated.