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COVID-19: 2,452 new cases and 1 new death reported in OC, 10 new cases in Laguna Beach

Sadly, OC Health Care Agency reports that 1,847 people have died due to COVID-19 in Orange County, including one new death reported today (December 29). There have been “less than five deaths” of Laguna Beach residents to date.

The county reported 2,452 new cases of COVID-19 today, marking a seven-day surge of 21,645 new cases and 152,059 cumulative cases to date. 

ICU capacity remains very low and hospitalization numbers very high. The percentage of adult ICU beds currently available in OC is 8.9 percent unadjusted and 0 percent adjusted.* 42 percent of ventilators are currently available countywide.

The county reports that 2,106 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (+75 since yesterday’s report – includes ICU); 473 are in ICU (+20 since yesterday’s report).

The county reports that there have been 493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Laguna Beach to date, including 10 new cases reported today and 56 new cases reported since last Tuesday’s report.

Anaheim experienced an increase of 390 new cases today; Santa Ana experienced an increase of 201 new cases today.

The county estimates 84,716 “recovered cases” according to its data criteria.

For questions about the data presented by the county, call (714) 834-2000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To view the data dashboard, click here.

COVID-19 numbers are updated daily by Stu News Laguna and reported on our social media pages @StuNewsLaguna. 

*From OC Health Care Agency: Adjusted ICU capacity takes into account the percentage of COVID-19 positive patients in the ICU (the higher the percentage of COVID-19 positive patients in the ICU, the more the adjustment).

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Courtesy of OC Health Care Agency

Orange County COVID-19 case data as of December 29, as reported by the county; click here to visit page that is updated daily