The daily count of coronavirus cases in Orange County grew by 49 to a total of 834 from Saturday to Sunday, April 5. As of noon Sunday, the number of people in the county who have died from COVID-19 – the disease caused by the virus – remained at 14, the same as on Saturday. Public health officials said 137 people were being treated in hospitals for COVID-19.
Fifty-six of those patients were in intensive care. Although widely varying in population — ranging from about 87,000 to 360,000 — Newport Beach, Irvine and Anaheim show similar counts of coronavirus cases. Averaging 75 cases each, the three have the highest numbers in the county.
Huntington Beach follows with 58. Brea, Seal Beach and Stanton, with populations of under 46,000, each have fewer than five coronavirus cases.
To protect patient privacy, county officials do not list cities with populations of fewer than 25,000 residents. Those cities are grouped under the category of “other,” which now shows a total of 17 cases. Another 47 cases were from unknown locations.
Daily counts do not convey the actual number of Orange County residents infected with the virus, health officials say, because the tests are prioritized for those who are very sick or at high risk. The data reflect where people who have tested positive reside, not where they may have contracted the virus.