Orange County reports more than 11,000 new COVID cases

“It’s hard to say when this will go down,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine professor of [public] health, told City News Service on Tuesday. …  think people can still go out, but … if you’re living with a great grandmother or you’re immunocompromised for whatever reason then you need to realize there’s still a pandemic raging.” The county is in much better shape than it would have been without vaccines, Noymer said. Also, the omicron variant appears to pose milder symptoms than previous variants, he added.