There were 943 new coronavirus cases reported in Orange County in the past week, marking a nearly 9% increase over the previous average daily high of 868 cases seen during the county’s first surge in July.
It also marks a 28% jump from the 737 average daily cases seen in the week prior.
Public health officials and experts have expected this new transmission surge to be worse than the one seen over the summer as the county heads into colder months and the holidays, with large gatherings common.
It’s “a perfect storm for a surge larger than one we’ve seen before,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the new public health school at the University of California-Irvine.
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