Super Sickened With COVID, 10 More Die Of Virus In Orange County
The summer’s coronavirus surge may be at an end, Orange County Health Care officials reported though 10 more deaths are reported.
Ashley Ludwig, Patch Staff
Posted Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 2:24 pm
ORANGE COUNTY, CA —Orange County Health Care reports 10 more people have died as a result of coronavirus while the county’s hospitalizations have continued on their downward trend showing a possible end to the summer COVID-19 surge. On Friday, it was reported that a child under the age of 5 died as a result of infection, OC Health Care reported. Meanwhile, OC Board Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do was sidelined this week due to a bout with coronavirus though he is fully vaccinated.
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“Although I received both doses of the Moderna vaccine earlier this year, today I was notified I tested positive for COVID-19 after learning I was exposed,” Do said over the weekend on his Facebook page. “Following CDPH’s safety protocols, I started quarantining at home since yesterday and will continue for 10 days. At this time, I am experiencing only mild symptoms but will continue to monitor and notify the people I have been in close contact with.”
Hospitalizations declined from 372 on Tuesday to 368, with the number of patients in intensive care dipping from 105 to 103, according to the agency.
The weekly averages, which are released on Tuesdays, showed that the county’s case rate per 100,000 residents dropped from 16 to 15.3, while the testing positivity rate fell from 5.4% to 4.7%.
The county’s Health Equity Quartile positivity rate, which measures progress in the county’s low-income communities, dropped from 5.8% to 5.1%.
The county had 25.3% of its ICU beds available and 65% of its ventilators.
The COVID-related deaths logged Wednesday raised the cumulative death total to 5,326.
Four of the fatalities occurred this month, doubling the death toll to eight for September. One of the deaths occurred in July, one was in June and another was in January. Three occurred in August, raising the death toll for that month to 125.
That figure stands in stark contrast to the rest of the summer.
The death toll for July was 22, 18 in June, 23 in May, 45 in April, 199 in March, 615 in February, 1,579 in January— the deadliest month of the pandemic— and 975 in December, the next deadliest.
The OCHCA also reported 352 new infections Wednesday, raising the cumulative total to 292,124 since the pandemic began.
On Friday, the county reported that a child under age 5 died due to complications from the virus, OC’s second juvenile fatality associated with COVID-19.
Officials did not disclose the age or gender of the child but said there were underlying health conditions.
The county’s other juvenile COVID-19 fatality occurred in August of 202.
The victim was a teenage girl with significant underlying medical conditions.
Dr. Clayton Chau, the county’s chief health officer and director of the OCHCA, told the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that there were eight children hospitalized with COVID-19 at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, with three in intensive care.
Most of the recent fatalities occurred in people aged 55 and older, according to OCHCA data.
Board Chairman Andrew Do, who is fully vaccinated but has tested positive for COVID-19, skipped Tuesday’s meeting to quarantine and recuperate at home from his breakthrough infection.
About 96% of the COVID victims who died in August were unvaccinated, Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong told reporters Friday. The small fraction who were vaccinated had serious underlying medical conditions, Chinsio-Kwong said.
The county had 2,043,693 fully vaccinated residents out of its 3.2 million population, according to data released last week.
That number includes 1,908,595 who have received the two-dose regimen of vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna and 135,098 who have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
There are 288,020 residents who have received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The county’s vaccination rate has picked up some of late, officials say.
According to the OCHCA, the largest distributor of inoculations is the agency at 27.40%. CVS has dispensed the second most in Orange County at 18%. Walgreens has doled out 5.9% of the shots, just ahead of Kaiser Permanente at 5.7% and UC Irvine Health at 2.8%.
Walmart has inoculated 1.8% of Orange County residents, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions have doled out 1.10% of shots and the Families Together of Orange County has dispensed 1.1% of shots. All other health care providers were under 1%.
The county’s case rate for fully vaccinated residents as of Sept. 4, the latest figures available, was 4.4 per 100,000, but 26 per 100,000 for the unvaccinated.