Orange County sees rise in COVID hospitalizations

The county’s testing positivity rate increased from 6.9% on Monday to 7.6% as of Thursday. … The 7.6% rate “is too high, but everyone knows COVID is happening. It’s not a secret,” [Andrew]  Noymer, [associate professor of public health], said. “So it’s punching through boosted people. … Breakthroughs are happening and it’s sort of more of the same.” Noymer said he is most concerned about a rising tide next winter. “My real big fear is next winter, also because people are over getting boosted again and again and winter will be another six months away of waned immunity,” he said.