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San Diego County Reports 85 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 New Death

Coronavirus testing at the San Diego county lab, Feb. 28, 2020.
Matt Hoffman
Coronavirus testing at the San Diego county lab, Feb. 28, 2020.

County health officials Sunday reported 85 new COVID- 19 cases and one death, raising the county's totals to 3,927 cases and 139 deaths.

The latest fatality is an 81-year-old woman who had underlying medical conditions, the county reported.

Of the 2,277 tests reported to the county yesterday, 4% were positive new cases.

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The county is working to increase its testing with a goal of 5,200 tests a day, according to Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

"While state and federal guidelines call for 'robust testing,' there is no hard and fast rule for the exact number," Fletcher said Sunday. "We've chosen to use a Harvard study to identify our goal 5,200 tests per day in San Diego County. We're working with our new testing task force to meet that goal."

The total number of hospitalized patients is 828, and 266 had to be placed in intensive care, the county said.

Among the confirmed cases, 49% were female and 51% male, with seven reported as unknown gender.


The estimated number of recovered patients was reported at 2,129.

State public health authorities are opening testing locations in San Diego starting Tuesday, the county said. The initial locations will be at Grossmont College, the former Sears building in Chula Vista and the county's North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido. Testing is by appointment only by calling 888-634-1123, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.