COVID-19 hospitalizations and positivity rates remain stable in Orange County

Orange County’s COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations remained relatively the same as last week, according to data released Thursday by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The county also recorded nine more deaths, bringing the total death toll to 7,459. Seven of the deaths occurred last month, bringing the September death toll to 43. One death occurred in August, bringing the death toll that month to 104, and another occurred in July, bringing that month’s death toll to 127.

The county, which provides updates on Thursdays, reported that hospitalizations fell from 163 on Sept. 29 to 133 on Wednesday. The number of patients in the intensive care unit has fallen from 23 to 14.

The county has 26% of its critical care beds available. Officials worry when that percentage drops below 20%. Among the people hospitalized, 68.7% are incompletely vaccinated or not vaccinated.

The county has recorded 1,495 cases, bringing the cumulative case count to 669,278.

The county’s test positivity rate rose to 6.4% from 6.1% last week, with the statistic rising from 6.5% to 6.4% in the health equity quartile, which measures communities hardest hit by the pandemic. The daily case rate per 100,000 fell from 7.4 to 7.2 on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag, and from 7.8 to 7.6 in the adjusted daily case rate per 100,000 on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag.

The positivity rate for fully vaccinated people with a booster shot rose from 9 on September 25 to 6.6 on October 2, according to the latest available data. For people vaccinated without a booster, the rate fell from 4.3 to 4.4. For unvaccinated people, the rate fell from 8.3 to 7.2.

Officials corrected an “irregularity” in national vaccine data last week. The number of fully vaccinated residents is 2,353,187. The number of residents who received at least one dose is 209,790. The number of boosters administered is 1,379,689.

The number of children under 4 who received at least one dose is 14,091, including 6,166 fully vaccinated. Only 3.3% of the county’s population in the age group is fully immunized. For children aged 5 to 11, 96,618 are fully vaccinated, or about 36.5% of the age group. In the 12-17 age group, 69.8% are fully immunized.

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