Orange County Wednesday continued to show declining trends in cases of COVID-19, giving county officials hope of graduating to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening system by St. Patrick’s Day.

However, doctors worry that reopening too much too soon could be dangerous because of the COVID variants are in the community.

“Jumping back in is a bad idea,” said Dr. Eric Alcouloumre. “Moving slowly, carefully, and safely back in is an awesome idea and it is exactly what we should be doing.”

Alcouloumre, who has been working on the frontlines at Hoag Hospital, is concerned about the COVID variants and does not support reopening just yet.