Orange County COVID-19 hospitalizations hold steady, but ICU patients way up

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported that hospitalizations due to the virus increased from 495 Wednesday to 497, while the ICU total shot up from 96 to 126. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, said it was encouraging that hospitalizations overall did not go up. “Hospitalizations are the same as yesterday and that’s very good news,” Noymer told City News Service. “The ICU is up, but those numbers are difficult to interpret.”