Orange County breaks records for COVID-19 hospitalizations, patients in ICUs

Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine associate professor of population health and disease prevention, predicted the county will rack up more than 3,000 deaths before the pandemic is done. … Noymer said it is possible that COVID-19 is spreading so quickly because of a new, much more contagious variant of coronavirus first seen in England that has reached the shores of Southern California. “California is very connected to the world so we get these things early,” Noymer said.