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Orange County’s Hospitalizations Increasing Faster Than Beginning of First Wave

Voice of OC, Nov. 27, 2020

November 27, 2020

Orange County’s Hospitalizations Increasing Faster Than Beginning of First Wave

In a phone interview last week, UC Irvine epidemiologist Sanghyuk Shin said the risk of contracting the virus is exponentially increasing as every day passes. “For every group gathering, there is probably one person in that group that is infectious is much higher than last week and by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, it will be much higher,” Shin said.  … UC Irvine epidemiologist Daniel Parker, said OC’s daily new cases could overload the contact tracing system. Parker said if contact tracers have to speak with at least five different people for every new case, then high daily case counts are going to jam up the tracing efforts.