South County cities top OC coronavirus cases by percent increase; Santa Ana, Anaheim remain hardest hit

“It’s absolutely in line with what I’ve seen,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at UC Irvine who has been tracking the city case counts over time. “I think there’s no part of the county that can be construed to be COVID-free at this point,” he added. …“You can get higher percentage growth with just a few cases. And so that is a phenomenon,” Noymer said of south county. “But I do believe there’s real growth there because of the masking, or lack thereof.”