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The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Orange County on Friday topped 1,400, according to figures reported by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The agency reported 10 new deaths on Friday, seven of them in people in skilled nursing facilities and two in assisted living. One was a resident not living in an institution. 151 new cases were also reported, bringing the total number of cases from PCR testing to 56,587. This does not include positive antigen tests, which now stand at 1,767.

There are currently 170 hospitalized cases, 66 of them in intensive care units. It is estimated that approximately 50,632 have recovered.

The county is currently still in the red and substantial transmission level, where it has remained since September 8.

County health official Dr Clayton Chau on Thursday advised residents to safely celebrate the upcoming holidays at a press conference. This goes in the direction of state officials who on Tuesday advised against the sleight of hand but refrained from banning the activity this Halloween, a Saturday this year.

State also issued guidelines on October 9, before the holidays, which ban gatherings between more than three households and encourage residents who choose to socialize with other families to do so in a cohesive group to reduce the risk of transmission.

As we move into this holiday season, we will have the potential to impact our movement along the level system if we don’t safely celebrate as much as possible, Chau said.

The county currently has a daily rate of positive cases per 100,000 of 4.6. Officials reported that the current test positivity rate is 3.5%. To take it to the next level, the county will need to lower its daily positive case rate to between 1 and 3.9 cases per 100,000 and keep its test positivity between 2% and 4.9% for two weeks.

Here are the latest cumulative counts of coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths for some cities in Orange County:

  • Santa Ana: 10,878 cases; 303 deaths
  • Anaheim: 9,670 cases; 304 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 2,493 cases; 81 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 1,927 cases; 41 dead
  • Irvine: 1,780 cases; 13 dead
  • Newport Beach: 1,187 cases; 26 dead
  • Fountain Valley: 533 cases; 19 dead
  • Laguna Beach: 237 cases; less than five deaths

Here is the number of cases by age group, followed by deaths:

  • 0 to 17: 4,116 cases; One death
  • 18-24: 8,538 cases; four dead
  • 25 to 34: 12,118 cases; 20 dead
  • 35-44: 9,010 cases; 38 deaths
  • 45-54: 9,155 cases; 111 deaths
  • 55-64: 6,772 cases; 199 dead
  • 65-74: 3,394 cases; 275 dead
  • 75 to 84: 1,917 cases; 305 deaths
  • 85 years and over: 1,519 cases; 448 deaths

Updated figures are posted daily at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc. For more information on testing, visit occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-testing.

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