Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

Today, May 21, the OC Health Care Agency reported a total of 4,841 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County and 858 cases in Santa Ana. The Santa Ana case numbers don’t include infected inmates in County jails.

14 new deaths were reported today. To date there have been 112 deaths in Orange County. A total of 115 new cases were reported today. There are currently 247 victims in local hospitals and 89 are in Intensive Care Units.

Here is how other major cities in Orange County are faring:

  • Anaheim reports 758 cases
  • Huntington Beach reports 307 cases
  • Garden Grove reports 246 cases
  • Orange reports 226 cases
  • Irvine reports 164 cases
  • Buena Park reports 146 cases
  • Newport Beach reports 135 cases
  • Fullerton reports 164 cases
  • Westminster reports 85 cases
  • Tustin reports 78 cases
  • Costa Mesa reports 82 cases
  • Fountain Valley reports 50 cases

The California Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California now has 84,057 confirmed cases and 3,436 deaths.

The CDC reports these national cases:

  • 1,551,095
  • 22,860 New Cases*
  • 93,061
  • 1,397 New Deaths*

Health Care Worker Infection Rates
As of May 19, local health departments have reported 8,633 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 46 deaths statewide.

Your Actions Save Lives
Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Staying home except for essential needs/activities following local and state public health guidelines when patronizing approved businesses. To the extent that such sectors are re-opened, Californians may leave their homes to work at, patronize, or otherwise engage with those businesses, establishments or activities.
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Wearing a cloth face mask when out in public.
  • Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.

What to Do if You Think You’re Sick
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath), call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

For more information about what Californians can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit

California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting California from COVID-19. Consolidated guidance is available on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page.​​​

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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