By CBSLA Staff

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Officials in Orange County reported 422 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is a significant jump from recent days. There was also an increase in residents hospitalized for the virus and five additional deaths.

The spike in new cases is at least partially because of backlogged positive reports from a private testing lab, but hospitalizations went from 114 on Friday to a 125 today. Still officials remain optimistic because the county has been on a flat case rate for about seven days, according to Orange County CEO Frank Kim, and the hardest hit communities continue to improve.

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A 360 Clinic health care worker working with the Orange County Health Care Agency and city of Costa Mesa conducts testing at the drive-through self-administered COVID-19 testing super site at the Orange County Fair & Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 in Costa Mesa, CA. California is approaching 1 million cases, although the spread remains slower in the state than in other hot spots across the country. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“That indicates we have closed the gap between the testing positivity in our most hard-hit communities,” Kim said. “Some of that can be attributed to the hard work staff is doing with mobile clinics.”

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What does bother Kim, though is the expected lack of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week.

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“I’m a little bit worried about it because we’re expecting to see a bump in demand and we hoped that would coincide with an increase in doses.