Coronavirus: 85 new cases, 8 deaths in Orange County on Oct. 17 – OCRegister

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 85 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, Oct. 17, increasing the cumulative total to 56,672 cases.

The county has had an estimated 5,273 cases in the last 30 days.

There were eight new deaths from the coronavirus reported on Saturday –  with a total of 68 deaths among the last four updates – but county health officials noted that doesn’t mean the eight deaths all occurred in the past few days.

The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process, officials say. The most recent deaths were on Oct. 12, but some reported date as far back as June, County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau said in a news conference.

The county has had 1,409 deaths related to the virus reported to date.

Of the deaths in Orange County, 524 were skilled nursing facility residents, 111 were in assisted living facilities and four was listed as homeless.

The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:

  • 85+: 32% (452)
  • 75-84: 22% (307)
  • 65-74: 20% (277)
  • 55-64: 14% (199)
  • 45-54: 8% (111)
  • 35-44: 3% (38)
  • 25-34: 1.3% (20)
  • 18-24: <1% (4)
  • 0-17: <1% (1)

It is estimated about 90% of the cumulative reported cases, or 50,747 people as of Saturday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

The county also reported 159 patients in hospitals with the coronavirus on Saturday. The peak for hospitalizations in Orange County was 722 patients on July 14. There were 56 patients listed in ICUs in Saturday’s report.

The county update also reported 984,271 tests have been given for the coronavirus since testing began locally, and at least 8,723 tests were reported in the last 24 hours.

Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to change, officials emphasize. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed.

You can find the Orange County Health Care Agency dashboard here.

Hospitalizations and deaths:

This map shows the county’s breakdown of the deaths by ZIP code as of Oct. 5.

Orange County total cases by ZIP code for Oct. 17:

Case demographics as of Oct. 7:


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