Orange County reports 322 new cases and 16 new deaths as of Aug. 8 – Orange County Register

Orange County reports 322 new cases and 16 new deaths as of Aug. 8 – Orange County Register

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 322 new cases of the coronavirus, as of Saturday, Aug. 8, bringing the county’s cumulative total of positive tests to 39,076 cases.

The agency noted that the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange has been experiencing issues with the application that receives test reports from laboratories and then sends them to CalREDIE.  The California Department of Public Health is trying to resolve the issue, which may be resulting in a lower number of daily COVID-19 positive cases received and tests reported recently. On Monday, the agency reported more than 17,000 tests that had been backlogged.

It is estimated that more than half of the reported cases, or 29,568 as of Saturday, are people who have recovered. The recovery count is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

There were 16 new deaths reported in Orange County on Saturday, raising the death toll to 720.

The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigation and can take weeks to process, officials say. The most recent death was on Aug. 4.

Of the 720 deaths, 281 were skilled nursing facility residents, 38 were in assisted living facilities and one was listed as homeless.

According to the California Department of Health, there have been at least 4,929 new cases of COVID-19 in Orange County in the last 14 days.

The county reports 459,479 test for the virus have been given since local tracking began in March. There had been at least 6,871 tests given in the last day.

The county reported Saturday that 491 people with coronavirus were hospitalized, including 167 people in intensive care.

The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard shows Orange County had at least 32% of its ICU beds available on Saturday.

The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:

  • 85 and older: 31% (224)
  • 75-84: 23% (162)
  • 65-74: 19% (141)
  • 55-64: 13% (90)
  • 45-54: 9% (67)
  • 35-44: 3% (24)
  • 25-34: 1.5% (10)
  • 18-24: <1% (2)
  • 17 and younger: 0%

Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to change, officials emphasize. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed.

You can find the Orange County Health Care Agency dashboard here.



Orange County total cases by ZIP code for Aug. 4:


Case demographics as of July 29:

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