Published On: Sat, Aug 14th, 2021

Orange County COVID-19 Hospitalizations Remain Stable

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SANTA ANA—Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have remained stable this week, prompting one epidemiologist to speculate the county may have reached its peak in this latest Delta variant-fueled surge. The Orange County Health Care Agency reported that hospitalizations due to the virus increased from 497 Thursday to 498 on Friday, while the number of patients in intensive care units dipped from 126 to 120. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, said that with hospitalizations holding steady since Wednesday, it could mean the county has seen the worst of this latest surge. “We may have found the peak of this wave,” Noymer told City News Service. “It remains to be seen if that’s the case, but we’re heading in the right direction. Still, it’s too early to call.” The percentage of positive cases “was a bit up again today, but that’s a volatile number,” …

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