OC’s COVID-19 reporting process

In an email to the journal, Scott Bartell, a public health and statistics professor with the University of California, Irvine, noted that specimen testing, case reporting and data recording by the county health agency can take three weeks or more. Thus, “the number of new cases shown by specimen date will always appear to be declining in recent weeks in any county, regardless of whether average daily coronavirus cases are actually declining, increasing, or stable over time.”