SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported another 3,454 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
The cumulative case total is now 209,365 since the pandemic began.READ MORE: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall Below 400 In Riverside, San Bernardino Counties
The county also reported 43 more virus-related fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,320.
Hospitalization rates continue to decrease, dropping to 2,065. However, ICU rates are still increasing, with 542 patients currently in ICU beds.READ MORE: OC Receives More Than 83,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In Single Day
The Southern California region is still at zero ICU availability. Orange County’s adjusted daily case rate per 100,000 — which is released on Tuesdays — increased to 78.8 from 67.8 last week.
The county’s seven-day positivity rate is 19.5%. Testing demand is also slowing, while the demand for vaccinations is soaring. Officials do not expect a significant drop in hospitalization rates until at least the end of January, County CEO Kim said.MORE NEWS: Stretch Of 5 Freeway In Norwalk Area To Close During Construction
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