All that being said, how concerned should we be about COVID-19 in San Diego County? Very, experts say. “You’re in the dark red on a lot of these categories,” said Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine epidemiologist, while looking over the CDC’s data. “I don’t really have a silver lining for you.” … Noymer pointed to a couple reasons for the pandemic’s continued growth on the West Coast. One is that while California’s public health orders look strict, many county governments are not enforcing them. Businesses have continued to stay open despite those rules, and outbreaks continue to occur.