By CBSLA Staff

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported another 269 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the cumulative case count to 247,641.

An additional 98 virus-related fatalities were also reported, bringing the death toll to 4,173. Officials said death reports may be higher over the next few days due to a backlog created by technical issues.

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The number of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased from 339 on Friday to 321 on Saturday. ICU numbers also dropped from 91 to 87.

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As of Thursday, the county was at seven cases per 100,000 people, which is right at the bottom of the most-restrictive purple tier.

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“The trends are good,” Orange County CEO Frank Kim said Friday. “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.”

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.

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