Orange County reported 1,666 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s totals to 76,761 cases and 1,577 fatalities.
The huge number of new cases comes after the county reported 1,943 new cases and 18 additional deaths on Friday, but those numbers covered two days since there was no update Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The number of county residents hospitalized with the virus increased from 506 Friday to 534, with the number of patients in intensive care dropping from 139 to 138, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The change in the three-day average of hospitalized patients went from 16.8% to 12.3%. The county has 24.8% of its intensive care unit beds and 63.4% of its ventilators available.
The numbers that have come in over the holiday weekend seem to confirm officials’ fears of a Thanksgiving-fueled…