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Why is Orange County’s coronavirus death rate lower than its neighbors’?

Orange County Register, May 3, 2020

May 3, 2020

Why is Orange County’s coronavirus death rate lower than its neighbors’?

“Some counties do well and some counties do poor,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and associate professor of public health at UC Irvine and part of an informal task force on COVID-19 in Orange County that includes academic researchers and county officials. “Right now, we’re in the first group, and it’s not exactly clear why.” … “Some differences could come about simply by chance,” said Dominik Wodarz, another UCI researcher in public health who studies the dynamics of infectious disease and has been tracking the curve of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Orange County with UCI math professor Natalia Komarova.