Orange County announces 2nd child COVID-19 death

The COVID-19 patient count dropped from 432 Thursday to 426, with the number of patients in intensive care dipping from 132 to 130. The county has 21.8% of its ICU beds and 64% of its ventilators available. Thought the decline was modest, Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service, “It’s still moving in the right direction.” … It is uncertain whether there will be a surge based on Labor Day gatherings. Noymer pointed to Easter last year when officials expected a surge and didn’t get one.