Why California, some counties are scaling back COVID-19 data updates

UC Irvine epidemiologist [and associate professor of public heatlh] Andrew Noymer, however, believes the timing is wrong from a messaging standpoint. … But he’s worried the nation is on the cusp of another wave from the BA.2 variant — cases are rising in the Northeast U.S., and some California counties are showing upticks as well. “It sends a message that it’s less important than it was before, and I don’t believe it is,” Noymer said.