Orange County sees slight decrease in COVID hospitalizations

The county’s patient loads had dropped into the 60s in mid-April and were at 89 Monday, but jumped to 112 by Tuesday. “I was concerned when we went from 83 to 89 patients,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of [public] health, told City News Service on Friday. “We’re still in a little uptick, but I won’t consider a major wave until we exceed 200,” Noymer said. “We’re just sort of treading water here. … It’s really difficult to predict where this is going. A lot of people are testing at home and a lot of cases are milder.”