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December Deadliest Month on Record for COVID in Orange County

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December Deadliest Month on Record for COVID in Orange County


SANTA ANA (CNS)—Orange County health officials Jan. 11 reported another 29 COVID-19 virus fatalities, bringing the death toll to 2,120. The death reports are staggered and sometimes take weeks to be logged, but it’s clear now that December was the deadliest month for the county since the pandemic began, with 410 fatalities reported so far. That tops the summer peak when 379 died in July and 367 succumbed to coronavirus in August, according to Orange County Health Care Agency statistics. Last week, the county reported 140 COVID-19 fatalities. Since Sunday, the county has reported 79 deaths. The county also reported 3,259 new COVID-19 diagnoses on Monday, raising the cumulative total to 191,861. The number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus edged up from 2,216 on Sunday to 2,221, matching Saturday’s count. The number of intensive care unit patients dipped down from a record 547 on Sunday to 544. Of Jan.11’s 29 …

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