Orange County reported 1,279 new cases of COVID-19 and 43 more deaths on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 231,036 cases and 3,018 deaths. The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals continued its downward trend, dropping from 1,521 on Friday to 1,442, with the number of intensive care patients dropping from 426 to 394.
County state-adjusted intensive care bed availability remains at zero, and the unadjusted figure edged down from 10.1% on Friday to 9.9%. The state created the adjusted metric to reflect the difference in beds available for COVID-19 and non-coronavirus patients. The county has 47% of its fans. Among the deaths reported on Saturday, two were residents of assisted living facilities.
Since the start of the pandemic, 323 ALF residents have died, along with 827 residents of skilled nursing facilities. Death reports are staggered because they come from a variety of sources and are not always recorded immediately.
The county’s large-scale vaccination site at Disneyland, which was closed on Friday due to stormy weather, was scheduled to reopen on Saturday. Vaccines were also distributed at a covered site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.
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The Orange County health care agency reported 22,215 tests on Saturday, for a total of 2,665,629. There have been 173,862 documented recoveries, according to the OCHCA.
Orange County CEO Frank Kim said earlier this week he was “obviously worried” that the county should shut down the Disneyland site and frustrated that officials did not have a long-term view of when the vaccines will arrive.
“We need an estimate in two weeks,” Kim said. “It would address a lot of people’s concerns. We can’t plan beyond two or three days.
Kim said hospitals are also stepping up vaccinations.
On Friday, outbreaks – defined as at least two cases in the past two weeks – were reported at 26 skilled nursing facilities and 37 assisted living facilities for the elderly in the county.
The Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa – which was established to handle local hospital overflows – treated 30 patients, 20 from Orange County, seven from Los Angeles County, two from Riverside County, and one from San Bernardino County .