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Author: Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Two Years In

January 20th marked the second anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 reported in the United States.

Since that time, more than 79 million cases have been reported throughout the nation and nearly one million of our fellow Americans have died from this horrible virus.

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Another COVID-19 Surge Across Orange County & Here in Irvine

On January 10th, the OC Health Care Agency reported a staggering 22,945 new cases of COVID-19 for the day; and 964 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. (87% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.)

In just over three weeks, there have been 79,423 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Orange County and 62 more residents in the County have died from this horrible virus.

During the same time period, there have been 7,710 new cases of COVID-19 reported here in Irvine, and we have lost another neighbor to the virus.

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As We Head into the Holidays, We Must Educate the Community on the Importance of COVID-19 Vaccines

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of reported COVID-19 cases in children has increased. In fact, the week before Thanksgiving there were at least 141,905 new cases reported in children — which was a full 25 percent of all new COVID-19 cases reported in the United States that week.

Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic. That is a fact based in science! The reason we continue to see an uptick in cases (and new variants) is because too many people are still not vaccinated.

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Latest COVID-19 Stats

600,229

Cases in OC

 

209

Now Hospitalized

 

7,103

Deaths in OC

 

43,225

Cases in Irvine

 

160

Deaths in Irvine

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