ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Orange County case counts are trending back in a positive direction, according to officials who remain hopeful at reopening more schools and businesses soon. On Monday, OC Health Care Agency reported 117 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, raising the cumulative total to 55,892, but no deaths were reported, leaving the Orange County coronavirus death toll unchanged at 1,341.
Orange County CEO Frank Kim has said that the county wants to see daily diagnoses below 130. Monday’s case counts were welcome news after Sunday’s report of 244 cases and one death.
To reach the less-restrictive orange tier established by the state, the county needs to average closer to 130 daily cases, Kim said.
Last week, 54 deaths were reported, down from 72 the week before and 77 the week before that.
Hospitalizations inched up from 164 on Sunday to 167 on Monday, while the number of intensive care