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COVID-19 hospitalizations eclipse summer surge in Orange County

KTTV-TV (City News Service), Jan. 4, 2022

January 4, 2022

COVID-19 hospitalizations eclipse summer surge in Orange County

“I do expect hospitalizations will exceed the July 2020 wave because we’re basically within one day of that,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of [public health], told City News Service. “I do not expect we will exceed the January 2021 wave.” Noymer said residents “need to understand that any adult who has a cold right now, vaccinated or unvaccinated, quite possibly has COVID and staying home from work when you’re sick can go a long way toward keeping people out of the hospital. … If you think about going to work anyway, the life you save won’t be yours because you’re well enough to go to work, but the life you save is someone else — the grandmother of your co-worker maybe.”