Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Today, May 5, 2020, the OC Health Care Agency reported a total of 2,873 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County and 433 cases in Santa Ana. The Santa Ana case numbers no longer include infected inmates in County jails located in the city.

Four new deaths were reported today while 61 victims have died to date here in Orange County. There were 69 new cases reported today. Currently there are 202 victims in local hospitals and 62 of them are in Intensive Care Units.

The California Department of Public Health reported 54,937 confirmed cases and 2,254 deaths statewide as of May 4.

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

  • Anaheim reports 428 cases, which means they now have the most cases in Orange County
  • Huntington Beach reports 230 cases
  • Irvine reports 137 cases
  • Garden Grove reports 143 cases
  • Newport Beach reports 102 cases
  • Orange reports 128 cases
  • Buena Park reports 95 cases
  • Fullerton reports 101 cases
  • Westminster reports 47 cases
  • Tustin reports 45 cases
  • Costa Mesa reports 42 cases
  • Fountain Valley reports 36 cases

The CDC reports these nationwide cases, as of May 5:

  • TOTAL CASES – 1,171,510
  • 19,138 New Cases
  • TOTAL DEATHS – 68,279
  • 823 New Deaths

Health Care Worker Infection Rates

As of May 3, local health departments have reported 6,103 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 32 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) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, 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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

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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