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Orange County COVID-19 Death Toll Continues Steep Climb

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Orange County COVID-19 Death Toll Continues Steep Climb

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SANTA ANA—Orange County Jan. 29 logged 107 more COVID-19 fatalities, a record number in a single batch of death reports, which raised the cumulative to 2,975 for the pandemic. The death reports are staggered because they come from a variety of sources and are not always logged immediately, but the batch of reports logged Jan. 29 pushed the death toll for the month of December to 801, far and away the county’s deadliest month. So far, the death toll for January is at 475. The deadliest day of the pandemic for the county is Jan. 3, when 53 people succumbed to coronavirus. The runner-up was Christmas Day, when 51 people died of COVID-19-related conditions. Of the fatalities reported, 15 were skilled nursing facility residents, pushing the cumulative up to 827, and 11 were assisted living facility residents, raising that total to 321. The post-holidays death tolls offer a marked contrast …

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