Opinion: Underwood: On covid time – A mid pandemic assessment

Testing and other Covid mitigating services in OC had been lacking from the beginning of the epidemic. “The county response was never well coordinated across the region,” says UCI Professor of Epidemiology Daniel Parker, who participated in some of that early outreach in the county’s response to Covid.  “But even now, with not enough contact tracers to deal with this epidemic, it’s still a patchwork process . . .. We just never had a lot of  boots on the ground.” Parker concluded, “We could have done better.” … As chief epidemiologist for the county’s own Covid-19 Task Force Andrew Noymer, [UCI associate professor of public health], has said, “We must do better.”