Confusion reigns around Orange County’s coronavirus death counts and hospitalizations

“The deaths are kind of reported in clumps that don’t necessarily reflect when they occurred,” said UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer in a Wednesday phone interview. … Noymer’s colleague, Dr. Daniel Chow, also said the seven-day average is the best to use because the raw numbers tell a vague story. “The problem is you’re not going to get a real time picture in [the raw numbers], you’re just going to be seeing what’s been happening in the past,” Chow said.