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Are we declaring pandemic over too fast? State’s June 15 deadline for reopening splits experts

Orange County Register, April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

Are we declaring pandemic over too fast? State’s June 15 deadline for reopening splits experts

“I do believe that we’ll be in a much better place June 15 than we are even today,” said UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health]. But …. “These things can kind of turn around,” Noymer said, noting that Michigan has seen an unnerving uptick in cases in the past month. … Much progress has been made in getting vaccines into the field, with about 40% of the state’s adults getting at least one dose, said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Public Health. But she’d like to see that number at least doubled before people go back to a pre-pandemic “normal.”