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OC’s COVID cases stabilizing as hospitalizations see increase

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), Aug. 17, 2021

August 17, 2021

OC’s COVID cases stabilizing as hospitalizations see increase

Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, was less sure. “I’m starting to worry that this wave will morph into one big fall wave,” Noymer told City News Service. “So, have we found the peak, and the answer is nobody knows.” Even if the county is seeing a peak from the delta variant-fueled summer wave, the virus could find a second wind as children return to in-person learning for fall classes, Noymer said….  “They can talk about case rate averages, but the hospital numbers haven’t gone down in a single day in the last six weeks.”