Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations keep climbing

Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, called the county’s hospitalization numbers “amazing. And the percentage positive is up again, so I’m expecting more of this (in) this coming week,” he said, in recommending that everyone, including the fully vaccinated, wear a face covering when indoors at businesses or offices. Health officials have attributed the surge to the highly contagious Delta variant, particularly among unvaccinated people.