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As if portending the gloomy coronavirus pandemic forecast, Orange County recorded 1,169 new COVID-19 cases Friday, Nov. 20, nearly twice the number of cases reported the day before and the largest tally in a single day since the July surge.The grim one-day case snapshot punctuated a turbulent week that kicked off Monday with Gov. Gavin Newsom moving most of California, including Orange County, into the strictest level of the state’s four-tier pandemic tracking system.
On Wednesday, Newsom declared a statewide curfew for those same purple tier counties in an effort to stop non-essential gathering late at night. At the local level, health officials have urged residents to avoid large Thanksgiving dinners and other holiday gatherings where different households might mix.
Related: See a graphic of Orange County’s coronavirus statistics.
“We’ve kind of seen all of this before (in July), but I think we’re headed back there and potentially even higher,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and professor of public health at UC Irvine.
“I’m more worried now, by far, than I was at the end of June,” Noymer said, because COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that, like the flu, is more easily spread in the cooler …
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