COVID-19 hospitalizations in Orange County decline
SANTA ANA (CNS) – Orange County COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations may be on a downward trend, but officials fear the next holiday season, starting with Halloween, could cause another winter surge , said a deputy health official at the Orange County Health Care Agency. told reporters on Friday.
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- Deputy County Health Officer Dr Regina Chinsio-Kwong urged parents to get their children vaccinated for the upcoming flu season
- She noted that it takes two weeks to develop full immunity after the shot, so if they get it now, it’ll be in time for the Halloween festivities.
- The county reported on Friday that hospitalizations remained relatively stable
- Hospitalizations fell from 220 on Thursday to 223, with the number of intensive care patients declining from 54 to 47, health officials said.
Deputy county health worker Dr Regina Chinsio-Kwong urged parents to get their children vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. She noted that it takes two weeks to develop full immunity after the shot, so if they get it now, it’ll be in time for the Halloween festivities.
“The flu is just around the corner,” Chinsio-Kwong said. “Some people wonder if you can get the flu and COVID at the same time and the answer is yes. “
So it’s important that adults also get the flu shot, Chinsio-Kwong said.
Chinsio-Kwong said it was “technically safe to go for a walk or treatment, especially if it’s outside,” but everyone should be alert to continued efforts to avoid infections such as social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing a mask.
“Kids love to eat candy and so do I. But that means taking off your mask,” Chinsio-Kwong said. “It should be a fun and exciting time and it should be safe, but be careful if you are inside.”
Chinsio-Kwong suggested Halloween and Dia de los Muertos festivities could be used as an excuse to decorate masks
The county reported on Friday that hospitalizations remained relatively stable.
Hospitalizations fell from 220 on Thursday to 223, with the number of intensive care patients declining from 54 to 47, health officials said.
The county has 25.6% of its intensive care beds available and 68% of its ventilators, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The county has also recorded a dozen more deaths, with 10 of them occurring in September, one in August and the first reported for October.
The county also reported 260 new infections, bringing the cumulative total to 299,594.
The total death toll is 5,475.
The death toll in September rose to 109. The death toll in August was 158.
The death toll for July is 26, 19 for June, 26 for May, 46 for April, 199 for March, 615 for February, 1,581 for January – the deadliest month in the pandemic – and 976 for December, the next deadliest.
Chinsio-Kwong said the vast majority of September deaths were unvaccinated. Victims who died from the coronavirus also tend to be younger than previous outbreaks, she added.
In September, 45% of those who died were under 65, she said. And 97% were not vaccinated, she added.
“I don’t want us to repeat what happened this summer because so much could have been avoided if we had been a little more careful,” said Chinsio-Kwong. “Until we can get more of our young people immunized, we need to take precautions.”
Chinsio-Kwong said everyone wanted to reunite with family and friends during the holidays, but she advised caution. Wearing a mask indoors “has to be our new standard to get through this winter season, to allow us to have the opportunity to be with our loved ones this season. If we are not careful and find each other in another wave, I think that will be damaging to us. “
As of Oct. 2, the county’s rate of new cases per 100,000 people was 3.1 among fully vaccinated residents and 16.1 among unvaccinated.
The number of fully vaccinated residents in Orange County rose from 2,115,536 on September 30 to 2,135,325 on Thursday.
This number includes an increase from 1,976,227 to 1,994,678 residents who have received the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The number of residents receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine increased from 139,309 to 140,647.
There are 197,201 residents who have received a dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The main vaccine suppliers are Orange County Health Care Agency at 26.50%, CVS at 18.30%, Walgreens at 6.10%, Kaiser Permanente at 5.50%, UC Irvine Health at 2.80%; Walmart at 1.90%, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions at 1.20%; Families Orange County as a whole at 1.10% and several others below 1%.
The county’s weekly case rate per 100,000 population fell from 9.7 to 8, while the positivity rate rose from 3.4% to 2.9%, according to data released Tuesday. The positivity rate for the county’s health equity quartile – which measures progress in low-income communities – fell from 3.8% to 3.1%.