The Orange County Health Care Agency reported another 560 new cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, July 20.
The cumulative total number of positive cases for Orange County has reached 29,986 since local testing began in March.
It appears Orange County has nudged past Riverside County for having the second most total number of cases in the state behind Los Angeles County. According to Riverside County’s coronavirus dashboard update on Monday, it has reached 29,983 cases. Los Angeles County leads the state with 155,887 cases reported Sunday.
There was one new death reported in Orange County on Monday, bringing the total number of residents who have died to 493.
The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigation and can take weeks to process, officials say.
Of the 493 deaths, 232 were skilled nursing facility residents, 17 were in assisted living facilities and two were listed as homeless.
The state’s coronavirus dashboard reports there have been 126 deaths in Orange County in the last 14 days.
Countywide, 359,900 tests for the coronavirus have been reported since testing began, with data through July 19. There were 7,443 daily tests reported in the update Monday.
The state gave an 10.9% test positivity rate for the county, with 96,773 tests given in the last two weeks.
The county estimates the number of recoveries from the virus is 14,366. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.
According to the California Department of Health, there have been 10,511 new cases of COVID-19 in Orange County in the last 14 days.
The state agency also reports 747 hospitalized patients in the last 14 days (suspected and positive) in 33 hospitals across the county as of Monday. Down from 801 patients on Friday.
The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard shows Orange County has at least 41% of its ICU beds available on Friday.
The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:
Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to change, officials emphasize. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed.
Hospitalizations and deaths:
Orange County total cases by ZIP code for July 20:
Case demographics as of July 20:
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Public health officials are expressing alarm after early data is showing that an overwhelming number of African American residents are among those dying of COVID-19.
Black residents accounted for 72% of deaths from complications of coronavirus disease in Chicago and 52% of positive tests for the coronavirus, despite blacks making up only 30% of the city’s population, according to the city’s public health agency.
Similar conditions mark other large cities with large black populations that are considered hot spots for the coronavirus, including New York, Detroit, Milwaukee and New Orleans. Figures released Monday by Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services showed African Americans, who make up 14% of the state population, make up about 33% of cases statewide and 41% of deaths.
A new team of city and community representatives will focus on contacting residents who are older than 50 and those considered vulnerable to the virus because of other health conditions to share information about prevention and resources for those who do become ill.
A national civil rights group on Monday said that’s a problem across the country and demanded more transparency on race and ethnicity among the COVID-19 testing results, cases and patient outcomes reported by federal health authorities and state health agencies.
“Equal access to healthcare is a critical civil rights issue, and during this novel pandemic, the public deserves nothing less than full transparency from this administration and state public health officials,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement.
One of the nation’s top experts on the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said coronavirus is “shining a bright light” on unacceptable health disparities for African-Americans.
There’s a push for data showing the race of COVID-19 patients in Florida and a state senator is pushing for more testing in black neighborhoods.
“I asked directly to the surgeon general, then we had a conference call with the surgeon general last week asking for that information,” Gibson said.
Data released by the Florida Department of Health over the weekend shows 21% of people hospitalized with the COVID-19 in Florida are black. According to 2018 U.S. Census figures, 16% of Florida residents are listed as black or African-American.
UF Health Jacksonville began an outreach Wednesday to people who live in a public housing project in Jacksonville’s Durkeeville neighborhood lined up to be tested for COVID-19. Free testing is available to people, especially those at least 65 years of age.
“I am not that familiar with the internet,” said 83-year-old resident Suzy Henry. “So I am grateful and happy they are here today making it convenient for people like me.”
African-American and Hispanic populations typically have are higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and high-cholesterol and income disparity can result in a lower level of preventative health care.
“We haven’t quite seen what we’ve seen in Chicago, Milwaukee, in terms of a racial perspective, but that’s why we are out here, So we can learn more and hopefully put in some interventions,” Dr. Leon Haley of UF Health.
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis also addressed the issue at a news briefing Wednesday.
“We’re now breaking out by race or ethnicity. (We) don’t have it for every patient, but the ones we do we’re putting it there,” DeSantis said. “We’re also with the University of Florida and Shands … a kind of an investigation into some of the public housing communities … where they maybe not getting what they need.”
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