A total of 1,776 people had been tested as of Monday, an increase of 191 from the day before.
Orange County has 125 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, March 23, up from the 95 reported on Sunday, marking the biggest one-day jump in the numbers thus far.
The number of cases nearly doubled over the weekend in Orange County. And, about 600 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Southern California, with that number expected to grow quickly as more testing is done.
County officials are still investigating the majority of the 30 new cases. Three cases were among people who recently traveled, while five got the virus through person-to-person contact or from exposure within their community. The majority of the new cases are between the ages of 18 and 49.
A total of 1,776 people had been tested as of Monday, an increase of 191 from the day before. The countys Health Care Agency has kits available to test 1,438 people, it reported on its website.
County officials issued a press release on Saturday, March 21, saying they are prioritizing testing among at-risk populations. Hospitalized patients; residents and staff of long-term care facilities; seniors and people with chronic health conditions; healthcare professionals; and residents and staff of prisons and jails should be prioritized for testing if they have symptoms of COVID-19, officials said.
Those with mild respiratory symptoms who dont need medical care and dont fall under the population listed shouldnt be routinely tested for the virus, officials said. Officials also said those who dont show symptoms shouldnt be tested.
Current testing for COVID-19 cannot detect prior infection, officials said. Testing a person without symptoms does not rule out the possibility that person may become ill in the future.