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OC Reports 9 Additional Coronavirus Deaths, 865 New Cases Bringing Total Over 26,000

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported nine additional coronavirus deaths and 865 new cases Tuesday bringing the county's total over 26,000.

The countywide total now stands at over 26,120 cases and 433 deaths to date.

Three of the deaths reported on Tuesday were skilled nursing facility residents and one was an assisted living facility resident.

Of the 26,120 cases of coronavirus in the county, 1,355 were skilled nursing home facility residents and 215 of them have died.

The number of hospitalized patients increased from 674 on Monday to 712, and the number of patients in intensive care rose from 233 to 235.

In the county's jails, 432 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, with 386 having recovered and 46 in medical isolation being treated for symptoms. The county is awaiting the results of 17 tests.

County officials said 324,479 coronavirus tests have been administered during the pandemic and 11,088 recoveries have been documented.

The county's case rate per 100,000 residents increased from 225.8 on Monday to 240.6 Tuesday, higher than the California Department of Public Health threshold of 25 per 100,000 residents.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday imposed more restrictions for the 30 counties on the state's watch list which includes Orange County.

Orange County, which was ordered to close its bars and prohibit indoor dining, must now shut down fitness centers, indoor religious services and non-essential businesses such as beauty salons, and shopping malls.

On Tuesday, a majority of businesses on Newsom's closure list seemed to be complying with the orders.

"The rent is still due whether we are here or not and that's the terrible thing," said salon owner Jonathan Terech. "So many people are going through the same thing, small business, and I just don't know what we're going to do to weather the storm and be able to get our head above water again."

One barber said that Tuesday would be the last day of haircuts.

At a Happy Nails location, the manager said she was confused about when to turn people away but planned to close the shop at the end of the day.

The only work going on at JB's hair cuts in Tustin was deep cleaning. Barber Maxx Jacinto said if the closure lasts another two months, the decades-old mom and pop shop will be finished.

"Basically we are dancing on the edge of an abyss, we can fall in anytime," Jacinto said. "We take it one day at a time."

Anytime Fitness in Huntington Beach turned Passeli Ricalde away Tuesday.

"It really frustrates me," Ricalde said. "I mean I understand why they're doing what they're doing, but again the whole fact that we're going back and forth, it doesn't make any sense."

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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