Incoming deaths aren’t mirroring the wave of fatalities that followed the Winter surge. That’s because of high vaccination rates for older people throughout OC, UC Irvine epidemiologist [and associate professor of population health and disease prevention] Andrew Noymer said. But deaths will still increase following the recent hospital surge, he said. … “The deaths in August are definitely up and if you look at the curve in deaths on the dashboard, deaths are going up again. But it’s nowhere near the January peak and nowhere even near the peak during last Summer. But they are going up and they’re getting younger,” Noymer said in a Monday phone interview.