October 15, 2021

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Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations jump nearly 12% overnight – NBC Los Angeles

Orange County's COVID-19 hospitalizations jump nearly 12% overnight - NBC Los Angeles

COVID-19 reported 1,058 new cases in Orange County, but no additional deaths occurred Sunday, bringing the county to 77,819 cases with a total of 1,577 deaths.

The number of county residents hospitalized with the virus rose from 534 to 597 on Saturday, while the number of patients in intensive care increased from 138 to 148, the Orange County Healthcare Agency said.

The three-day mean change of hospitalized patients increased from 12.3% to 13.6%. 25% of intensive care unit beds and 63% of ventilators are available in the county.

The rising numbers over the holiday weekend confirm the authorities ’fears of a Thanksgiving-fuel surge. Orange County CEO Frank Kim said earlier this week that he was very concerned about the increase in cases and the hospital.

“And although I have had conversations with various hospitals (executives) about how to treat this disease they seem to be more confident today than they were at the beginning, I do not take any of these lightly,” Kim said. “Hospitalizations and the rise in ICU rates are a significant concern for our society.”

Authorities recommend a meeting to wait or test for at least two days for testing as the infection is not detected immediately.

Andrew Noimer, UC Irvine Associate Professor for Population Health and Disease Prevention, has warned of a severe winter.

“I’m very excited about the trends we’m going to see after Thanksgiving,” Noimer told the City News Service. “People will not appreciate that we are recording deaths from the summer wave to October.”

Noimer ict backed more cases than the July peak.

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“But it’s not going to be like another July,” Noimer said. “I think it’s going to get worse.”

The last hospital admission rates were August 10, Noimer said.

“We’ll be back to July (levels) by the end of next week,” Noimer said. “And it will be the same as July or worse. There are reasons to believe we will go down even worse.”

Noimer said the cold weather is pushing people to more indoor activities and some students are attending classes in classrooms.

The worst day for COVID-19 hospitals in Orange County was July 14, with 722 patients.

In the state’s Tired Monitoring System, updated Tuesday, the county’s daily case rate per 100,000 residents increased from 10.8 to 17.2 and the positivity rate increased from 4.6% to 6.8%.

The four-level reopening state of the positivity rate fits in the red range of the roadmap, while the daily case rate per 100,000 exceeds the 8% limit for the most-resistant ple da range.

Kim says optimistic vaccines are on the way and are likely to come by the end of the year. Kim said hospital systems receive vaccines directly and private hospitals receive doses from the county.

Those who have been vaccinated include frontline health care workers, as well as people with health conditions who are at risk for the disease.

Barbara Ferrer, Conn Nolan, Los Angeles County Health Director of NBC 4, discusses with Ph.D. Are we doing enough or some measures like banning open meals – which some people consider unnecessary – actually increase the spread of the virus by sending more people inside the house.

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We hope that increased testing and awareness of infections will promote more restraint and isolation and other social distance practices that can help curb the spread of the virus, Kim said.

The county tests per 100,000 are at 354.1, surpassing the county targets for testing at this time, Kim said.

Kim said the county is focused on promoting testing. The number of tests conducted in the county was 1,445,183, with 8,037 reported on Sunday. There are 59,401 document recoveries.