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OC sees highest COVID positivity rate yet as hospitalizations continue increasing

Voice of OC, Jan. 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

OC sees highest COVID positivity rate yet as hospitalizations continue increasing

Orange County’s positivity rate is also the highest it’s been during the pandemic, so far. … Vladimir Minin, a [professor of statistics], at UC Irvine who’s been tracking case rates and hospital trends, said he expects more than 1,000 people hospitalized in OC at some point. “We will see hospitalizations in the thousands for sure in January. Maybe even exceeding our records from last December and January,” Minin said …. Alana LeBrón, a UCI public health [assistant] professor who researches public health inequities, said the testing crisis is going to hit poor and minority communities hard. … “If it’s taking hours to actually be tested, we know those are critical barriers,” LeBrón said ….