OC COVID-19 hospitalizations jump above 200 again

Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of [public] health said it’s still unclear if another wave is beginning. COVID-19 testing is on the rise, and it could have to do with the increases in traveling and family gatherings for the holidays. “I think there will be a surge in testing,” Noymer told City News Service. “Hospital numbers are what matter more. … Let’s be clear, there’s going to be a COVID wave in Orange County, I’m just not prepared to say it’s starting in earnest now.”