Orange County COVID-19 numbers keep rising

“We’ve seen far worse than this, but it just keeps going up every Tuesday and Friday in the data dump,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service on Tuesday. “We’ve seen far in excess of 45 in the ICU, but I just don’t like how this wave keeps building,” Noymer said. “And a higher testing positivity rate is not good news. Yes, it is challenging to interpret for a variety of reasons, but higher is not better and it’s higher than Friday, so we’re definitely in a building wave. … So we’re basically in another wave and it’s akin to the Delta wave of last August. Where it’s going to end, nobody can really say.”