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Dec. 14, 3:30 PM


There were 41,178 new coronavirus cases reported in the past month, which is up 64% from the month prior, according to data from the OC Health Care Agency.

In the two weeks ending Monday, there were nearly 1,900 cases reported each day on average, up 84% from the two weeks prior.

In just the past week, new cases have jumped 61% to 2,178 average daily cases.

Orange County surpassed 100,000 cumulative cases over the weekend, with 105,764 total cases as of Monday.

—Katie Murar

Dec. 11, 3:25 PM


There have been 1,778 average daily COVID-19 cases reported in Orange County in the week ending Friday, more than twice the 875 average cases reported in the prior week.

Cases have also nearly doubled in the past two weeks, with 1,467 average cases reported each day on average in the two weeks ending Friday.

That’s nearly five times the average seen about a month ago, when about 300 average daily cases were reported in the two weeks ending Nov. 13.

Testing, meanwhile, has increased just 11% in the past two weeks, with about 14,583 average tests conducted each day.

—Katie Murar

Dec. 10, 3:10 PM


Orange County is expanding an at-home testing initiative that recently launched in the region’s hardest-hit cities.

Last month, the county made free at-home COVID-19 test kits available to residents in Santa Ana and Anaheim, the two hardest-hit cities in the county.

The rollout started with about 12,000 saliva-based tests, and a newly-launched second phase will expand that to 500,000 test kits available to all residents.

The kits, made by Ambry Genetics, will be available by the end of the year.

Residents can order the free kits on the county’s coronavirus testing information page.

More than 1.6 million tests have been conducted in the county as of Thursday; positive test rates are currently averaging 10.6%.

—Katie Murar

Dec. 9, 3:15 PM


ICU patients in Orange County have nearly doubled in the past two weeks, with 179 ICU patients each day on average.

Hospitalizations have also doubled, with about 682 average daily COVID-19 patients in the past two weeks, up from about 342 in the two weeks prior.

Orange County currently has 11.2% ICU capacity on an unadjusted basis; and 4.9% capacity on an adjusted basis.

The region also has an adjusted case rate of 30.3 cases per 100,000 residents and a positive testing rate of 10.6%.

—Katie Murar

Dec. 8, 3:30 PM



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