Orange County COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up Again as Federal Booster-Shot Plan Reported

SANTA ANA—Forty more COVID-19 patients have been admitted to Orange County’s hospitals, according to the latest figures—heightening concerns the summer surge fueled by the Delta variant has not yet crested. Meanwhile, reports suggest the Biden administration is poised to recommend booster shots for most vaccinated Americans eight months after they became fully vaccinated—a process that reportedly would begin in mid-to-late September. Other particulars of the plan were reportedly still being developed. The news comes amid concerns in Orange County about rising COVID numbers. “Today’s numbers dashed our hopes that maybe we have found the peak of the summer wave,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, said after the county updated its data on Aug. 16. “We begin another week with a substantial increase” in COVID-19 patients, Noymer told City News Service. “You can’t have increasing hospital numbers without me being concerned.” Hospitalizations …

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