Health officials Tuesday confirmed Orange County’s first death due to COVID-19 as overall infections continued to climb.
The man was in his 70s and had underlying health situations, according to the O.C. Health Care Agency. Officials confirmed he was a county resident but declined to title where he had been hospitalized or his hometown.
“We lengthen our heartfelt sympathies to the patient’s family and chums,” said County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Fast. “This serves as a very unfortunate reminder to the community about the importance of staying at house and social distancing when leaving the household for essential activities, or to work at an essential business, in relate to slack the spread of COVID-19 and assist give protection to our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Orange County’s overall COVID-19 case depend has soared by 60% over the last two days and hit 152 on Tuesday — up from 125 Monday and 95 the day earlier than that, according to the Health Care Agency.
Most of the patients — 87 — are between the ages of 18 and 49. The alternative of males who have tested lag in the county, 89, continues to outpace the alternative of ladies folk, 63.
Countywide, 2,159 of us have been tested so far.
As the alternative of cases continues to climb, county officials have taken additional steps aimed at curbing the virus’ spread. On Tuesday, county leaders announced they would conclude parking loads at trails, beaches and parks to prevent of us from gathering there.
The county also has unveiled additional outreach tools unprejudiced lately — including phone hotlines and a textual squawk material-alert gadget — to present residents with updates regarding the ongoing pandemic.
Amid the arrival of latest resources, alternatively, the county Health Care Agency has also announced a departure — its director, Richard Sanchez, who has been appointed interim chief executive of CalOptima.
CalOptima is a county-organized health gadget that serves those with disabilities or who are low income. Sanchez will join the agency in April. The county plans to appoint an interim director to replace him at the Health Care Agency.
“Richard Sanchez has been an exemplary director at HCA,” County Govt Officer Frank Kim said in a statement. “His leadership to his colleagues at HCA and in your whole county family will seemingly be greatly uncared for. It’s an incredible alternative for Richard, and I greatly inspect forward to working with him in his original role at CalOptima.”