SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County’s push to graduate to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system continued Friday as cases and hospitalizations declined.
Health officials reported 62 additional death Friday 232 new COVID-19 cases.READ MORE: 'It's Heartbreaking': ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Closing Permanently Due To Pandemic Losses
The numbers brought the county’s death toll to raising 4,075 and the caseload to 247,372.
Of the deaths reported Friday, 12 were skilled nursing facility residents and nine were assisted living facility residents, raising the cumulative totals in those groups to 975 and 462, respectively.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID dropped 379 on Thursday to 339 and the number of those being treated in intensive care units dipped from 97 to 91.
“The trends are good,” Orange County CEO Frank Kim said. “The trends would indicate we have a very good chance to make it (to the red tier) next week, but we won’t know till we see the data.”READ MORE: 'We Are Seeing Our Economy Come Back To Life': Study Shows That Consumer Confidence In OC Is On The Rise As Residents Brace For Light At The End Of The Tunnel
The county must hang on to its case rates and positivity rates through this Sunday and next Sunday to graduate to the red tier. County officials hope they can move tiers by March 17.
Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett is optimistic about getting up from the red to the orange tier soon as well.
“Our numbers continue to improve — we could actually be in the orange tier in the not-too-distant future,” Bartlett said.
The Disneyland mass vaccine distribution site was closed for a few days so tents could be reconfigured to allow for drive-thru access for people with disabilities, Kim said. The site is set to reopen on Monday.2 Men Hospitalized After Large Explosion At Valley Glen Home, Investigation Ongoing
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