SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County will likely fall back into the purple tier of the state’s reopening map, county CEO Frank Kim said Friday. The county reported another 598 new cases, bringing the cumulative case total to 64,058. “It’s not a record, but it pretty much puts a bow on it — we’ll probably be purple two weeks in a row. That ship has sailed,” Kim said of the new cases. The county reported two more virus-related deaths, raising the death toll to 1,522. Both people who died were residents of skilled nursing facilities. The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 decreased from 251 on Thursday to 244 on Friday. The number of ICU patients increased from 89 to 95. Orange County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Andrew Do said that next week the county will announce a plan to provide virus testing home kits to residents to help stop the spread. The county has acquired 500,000 test kits that can detect coronavirus from saliva. Plans are to make them available at public libraries and city halls throughout the county, Do said. “We want it to be mobile and at the neighborhood level, so people can see testing as… Read full this story
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