With hospitalizations in focus, OC deciding whether to report more consistent numbers

County numbers on hospitalizations are lower than those tracked by the state. … Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at UC Irvine, said the big-picture trend in both datasets are indeed similar. “This doesn’t look like anything that I would consider untoward,” Noymer said. “I’m not seeing anything in here that’s like a red flag.”