COVID-19 Hospitalizations Declining in Orange County

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SANTA ANA—Orange County reported 1,795 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths Jan. 24, bringing the county’s totals to 223,288 cases and 2,638 fatalities since the pandemic began. As of Jan. 24, there were 1,732 people hospitalized countywide with the disease, 467 of whom are in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Those numbers are down from 1,818 and 482 on Jan. 23. The county’s state-adjusted ICU bed availability remains at zero, and the unadjusted figure decreased from 9.6% to 9.5%. The state created the adjusted metric to reflect the difference in beds available for COVID-19 patients and non-coronavirus patients. The county has 35 percent of its ventilators available. The Southern California region remains at zero ICU availability. Orange County’s seven-day test positivity rate was 16.7 percent on Sunday, up from 14.5 percent on Jan. 22. “It’s a continuation of the trends …

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