SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS)—Orange County health officials announced on March 24 the county’s first death from the CCP virus, identified only as a man in his mid-70s.
The man, whose name was not released, was hospitalized March 17 and died two days later, officials said. Doctors tested him for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus, but the test results were not received by Orange County officials until March 24.
Orange County’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 27 on March 24 to 152.
Of the total, 53 were contracted by residents while traveling, 16 from person-to-person spread, and 45 were “community acquired,” according to Orange County Public Health officials. Thirty-eight are under investigation as to how the patients were stricken.
Eighty-nine are men, 63 are women.
Eighty-seven fall into the age range of 18 to 49; 41 are 50 to 64 years old; and 23 are 65 and older. One is a child.
There have been 2,159 people tested, leaving county officials with enough tests for 1,390 people.
As of March 24, 40 deaths were reported across the state due to the virus. There are more than 2,100 COVID-19 cases in California.
Rep. Gil Cisneros Jr. (D-Fullerton) said the death was “heartbreaking.”
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the patient’s family, friends, and all those who knew him,” Cisneros added. “We need to listen to our health care professionals, stay at home, and practice social distancing.
“We must do everything we can to protect ourselves and others, keep our communities safe, and get our country back on track. Every single one of us has a part to play in flattening the curve, and we can never forget that we’re all in this together.”
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mishandling allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.