Orange County’s COVID hospitalizations continue downward trend

Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to levels not seen since mid-December, but newly reported deaths indicate fatalities for February will reach summer-surge levels. … “The trend on that has been amazing,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service Friday. “The deaths keep coming, which is unbelievable.” … While the proportion of infected people died more frequently with the Delta variant, the more contagious Omicron variant infected a higher number of people, and, therefore, led to more deaths, Noymer said.