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Today, May 4, 2020, the OC Health Care Agency reported a total of 2,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County and 405 cases in Santa Ana. They had reported 519 cases in Santa Ana on May 3 but today they finally subtracted the cases from Santa Ana’s count involving inmates at the O.C. Jails. Those victims were moved to the “Other” Category, which currently totals 127. That means about 114 O.C. inmates have the COVID-19 virus.

Five new deaths were reported today. To date 57 victims have died. There were 89 new cases reported today. A total of 169 victims are currently in local hospitals. There are 52 victims currently in Intensive Care Units.

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

  • Anaheim reports 420 cases, which means they now have the most cases in Orange County
  • Huntington Beach reports 230 cases
  • Irvine reports 137 cases
  • Garden Grove reports 135 cases
  • Newport Beach reports 101 cases
  • Orange reports 128 cases
  • Buena Park reports 89 cases
  • Fullerton reports 93 cases
  • Westminster reports 47 cases
  • Tustin reports 46 cases
  • Costa Mesa reports 43 cases
  • Fountain Valley reports 35 cases

The CDC reports these nationwide cases, as of May 4:

  • TOTAL CASES – 1,152,372
  • 29,763 New Cases
  • TOTAL DEATHS – 67,456
  • 1,719 New Deaths

The California Department of Public Health announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California now has 53,616 confirmed cases and 2,215 deaths as of May 3, 2020.

As of May 2, 715,751 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. This represents an increase of 30,703 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period. 

Health Care Worker Infection Rates
As of May 2, local health departments have reported 5,952 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 33 deaths statewide.

How People Can Protect Themselves
Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Staying home except for essential needs/activities
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • 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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