As COVID rises again in OC, experts look to vaccines to prevent a winter-like spike

Yet the increase in positive case rates aren’t seen in the same light as previous waves, especially because at least 54% of Orange County’s residents are vaccinated, said Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease physician who treats patients in the critical care unit at UC Irvine Medical Center. “So it should be half of the impact of the first time around we had,” Gohil said in a Thursday phone interview. “The main places we’re seeing surges is in the unvaccinated pockets of our country and that’s just no surprise.”