The OC Health Care Agency reported 658 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, Feb. 16, increasing the cumulative total in the county to 243,163 cases since tracking began.
There were 40 new deaths reported by the county, raising the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 3,617.
The county’s update Tuesday reflects data from Monday, when the offices were closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday, and Tuesday.
The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process. The most recent death recorded was on Feb. 13.
The county also reported 748 patients in local hospitals. That’s a 66.9% decrease from the Jan. 1 high of 2,259.
Hospitalizations have returned to the same level they were at when December began and they rose sharply because of the latest surge in infection rates.
The California Department of Public Health vaccines dashboard shows that 457,194 vaccines doses have been distributed in Orange County as of Feb. 15.
An estimated 8,455 cases of the virus have been recorded in Orange County in the last 14 days.
The county update said 2,890,591 tests have been given for the coronavirus since testing began locally, with at least 13,324 new tests since the previous report.
Of the cumulative 3,617 deaths reported from the virus, 902 were skilled nursing facility residents, 405 were in assisted living facilities, one was an O.C. jail inmate and six were listed as homeless.
The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:
85 and older: 32.96% (1,193, up 14)
75-84: 24.15% (872, up 8)
65-74: 19.46% (702, up 6)
55-64: 13.47% (489, up 7)
45-54: 6.44% (233, up 2)
35-44: 2.21% (80, up 1)
25-34: 1.08% (39, up 1)
18-24: 0.22% (8, up 1)
17 and younger: 0.03% (1)
It is estimated 217,220 people have recovered from the virus as of Tuesday. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.
Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to change, officials emphasize. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed.
You can find the Orange County Health Care Agency dashboard here.
Orange County hospitalizations and ICU patients: