And in public statements this week, [Supervisor Michelle] Steel and OC Supervisor Don Wagner said the county’s curve had flattened – and even declined – in comments that were widely shared. … Asked about Steel’s news release saying “hospitalizations are decreasing,” Wagner said he couldn’t speak to it, and noted a study by UC Irvine professors found that OC is doing better than surrounding counties. “The flattening of the curve does not mean the numbers start going down. The flattening the of the curve” means the numbers “aren’t going up the way everyone said it was,” Wagner said. “I have never said the curve is going down,” he added.