Santa Ana, Calif.—Orange County’s coronavirus hospitalizations rose slightly since Sept. 25, from 308 on Friday to 312, as the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care rose to 76, according to state data turned 85.
According to the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), 22.6 percent of intensive care unit beds are available in the county and 66 percent of ventilators are available.
On Friday, the county reported 356 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths, bringing its total to 295,227 cases and 5,384 deaths since the pandemic began. OCHCA does not report COVID statistics on weekends.
The 13 latest deaths include 12 in August and one in December.
There have been 39 coronavirus-related deaths this month.
The death toll in August is 148. It is unlike the rest of the summer. The death toll was 22 in July, 19 in June, 23 in May, 46 in April, 199 in March, 615 in February, 1,580 in January—the deadliest month of the pandemic—and 976 in December, the next deadliest.
Deputy County Health Officer Dr. Regina Chinseio-kwong said 94 percent of the people who died in August had not been vaccinated.
Chinseyo-kwong said that without vaccines, the death toll from this summer’s surge, which was driven by the more infectious Delta variant, would have been higher.
“We could have lost more people in Delta if we didn’t have vaccination rates,” she said.
Chincio-Kwong noted that the death toll in the US from the coronavirus pandemic has exceeded the death toll from the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20, which occurred when the United States had a population of about 106 million, up from 2020 331 is a little less than a third of the figure. One million.
“In this day and age we hope with all the advances in technology and medicine that we will not have such a devastating pandemic that has killed such a devastating amount of people,” she said.
Chinseyo-kwong said eight people who died of COVID-19 last month had been vaccinated and were at least 65 years old. He said seven were over 75 and between 65 and 74 were in a skilled nursing facility.
Chinseyo-kwong said not all Orange County residents who died of COVID-19 in September had been fully vaccinated. He said one received one of the two doses of Moderna Vaccine and the other received no dose.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times