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San Diego County Reports 235 COVID-19 Cases, Three More Deaths

– 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Public health officials in San Diego County reported 235 new COVID-19 infections and three more deaths Thursday, raising the region's cumulative totals to 53,498 cases and 866 fatalities.

Two new community outbreaks were reported Thursday, one in a business setting and the other at a health care setting. In the past seven days, 17 community outbreaks were confirmed, well above the trigger of seven or more in a week's time.

A community outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla announced Thursday all employees able to effectively work remotely will continue to do so through March 12, the end of its winter quarter.

"Empowering employees to continue to work from home whenever possible greatly reduces the population density on campus, which helps protect our students, student-facing employees and other essential staff working on site," said Nancy Resnick, UCSD's chief human resources officer. — City News Service

Holiday Bowl Canceled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

–6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

San Diego County Reports 263 COVID-19 Cases, Six Deaths

– 5:17 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 263 new COVID-19 infections and six additional deaths Wednesday, raising the region's cumulative totals to 53,263 cases and 863 deaths.

The numbers came as officials reminded county residents the region is "too close for comfort" to the most-restrictive purple tier in the state's four-tier coronavirus monitoring system. On Tuesday, despite an unadjusted daily COVID-19 case rate of 7.8 per 100,000 population, the county was again able to avoid being pushed into the purple tier, which would have placed indoor activities at restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and a number of other locations in jeopardy.

The state adjusted the data for the week of Oct. 4-10 down to 7 per 100,000 — the highest it can be without heading into purple — due to the county's high rates of testing. The data are reported on a one-week delay.

"Yesterday we dodged a bullet. We could not have gotten any closer without tripping into the purple tier," County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. "But we don't want to live or die on the tiers by how many tests we've done."

Of the 10,449 tests reported Wednesday, 3% returned positive, keeping the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases at 2.8%, far below the state-set target of less than 8%. – City News Service

Theme Parks Still Not Able To Reopen In California

– 7:20 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

California will allow fans to attend outdoor professional sporting events in areas at less risk for the coronavirus even as it prohibits larger theme parks from reopening.

But Tuesday's announcement by the state’s top health official may have little immediate effect for sports fans. Some teams are done for the year and the home of football's 49ers won't immediately ease restrictions.

San Francisco meanwhile moved into the state’s least restrictive tier, the first urban area to join much geographically larger and far more rural areas scattered near the Oregon border or in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. — Associated Press

San Diego Avoids Slipping Into Purple Tier

– 5:25 p.m, Tuesday, Oct, 20, 2020

Despite an unadjusted daily COVID-19 case rate of 7.8 per 100,000 population, San Diego County was again able to avoid being pushed into the most restrictive purple tier of California's four-tier reopening system Tuesday.

High rates of testing helped the county stay in the red tier, county officials said. The positive adjustment is given by the state to counties that are testing at higher levels than the state's median. That adjustment prevented the county from data that would have landed it in purple, which would have placed indoor activities at restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and a number of other locations in jeopardy.

"Remaining in the red tier is good news, but the new adjusted rate is not. The new figure clearly shows the region is not moving in the right direction," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County public health officer. "It is extremely important San Diegans follow the local health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the region from falling into the purple tier."

The county's unadjusted case rate for the week of Oct. 4-10 rose from 7.2 to 7.8 cases per 100,000 residents. It was adjusted down to 7 per 100,000. The data are reported on a one-week delay. — City News Service

Vista Unified Schools Open As County Awaits State COVID-19 Statistics

3:30 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

The Vista Unified School District fully reopened its school Tuesday morning, becoming one of the first in the region to do so, even as San Diego County appears poised to slip back toward more restrictive COVID- 19 tiers as infections surge.

The district, which has 29 elementary, middle and high schools, eschewed the more cautious measures some other school districts are taking, moving into its "Phase 3" reopening plan. The plan, "Vista Classic" allows every school in the district to reopen at full capacity. Parents and guardians will still be able to keep students in "Vista Virtual," the district's distance-learning program, if they so choose.

The district said it will attempt to have social distancing as much as possible, but will allow as many as 38 students in a single classroom, so desks will not be spaced six feet apart.

A rally Thursday by teachers and parents at Foothill Oaks Elementary School attempted to dissuade the Vista Unified School Board from reopening Tuesday, with many educators believing the safety measures inadequate. — City News Service

San Diego County Adds 380 New COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Unchanged

– 4:24 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 380 new COVID-19 infections Monday, raising the region's total case count to 52,735 as the county awaits data from the state tomorrow which could forecast a tipping point toward closing some businesses again.

No new deaths were reported Monday, and the death toll remains at 853.

On Tuesday, the county will receive an update about its data from the California Department of Public Health and how it fits into the state's four-tier reopening plan. Rising case rates could tip San Diego County into the "purple" tier, the state's most restrictive.

Officials are imploring San Diegans to maintain vigilance as positive case rates for the coronavirus continue to increase in the region.

"We are now concerned about the trends and we are concerned about the likelihood we could tip back to purple," Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said on Twitter Sunday. The county is now in the red tier and the limit for the purple tier — the state's most restrictive tier — is 7.0 cases per 100,000 residents.

Fletcher pointed to positive unadjusted case rates over six days (Oct. 11-16): 6.9 out of 100,000 residents, to 7.2 to 7.3 to 7.4 to 7.7 and 7.8, respectively. – City News Service

San Diego County Reports 373 New COVID-19 Cases

– 5:06 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020

San Diego County public health officials Sunday reported 373 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths, bringing the county's totals to 52,355 and the death toll remaining at 853.

Officials are imploring San Diegans to maintain vigilance as positive case rates for the coronavirus continue to increase in the region.

"We are now concerned about the trends and we are concerned about the likelihood we could tip back to purple, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said on Twitter today. The county is now in the red tier and the limit for the next tier is seven cases per 100,000 residents.

Fletcher pointed to positive unadjusted case rates over six days (Oct. 11-16): 6.9 out of 100,000 residents, to 7.2 to 7.3 to 7.4 to 7.7 and 7.8.

The county will be in the red, or "substantial," tier for at least another two weeks.

But Fletcher and Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten held an emergency meeting Friday to "sound the alarm" as the future case rate appears to cross into the purple tier of the state's four-tier reopening system.

With the state's monitoring system having a seven-day lag, the adjusted case rate of positive COVID-19 tests is 6.8 per 100,000 residents, up from 6.5 in the previous assessment. – City News Servce

San Diego County Reports 201 New COVID-19 Cases

– 4:01 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

San Diego County public health officials are imploring San Diegans to maintain vigilance as positive case rates for the coronavirus continue to increase in the region, and as 201 new cases and three additional deaths were reported Saturday.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten held an emergency meeting Friday to "sound the alarm" as the future case rate appears to cross into the "purple" tier of the state's four-tier reopening system.

The county will be in the red, or substantial, tier for at least another two weeks.

With the state's monitoring system having a seven-day lag, the adjusted case rate of positive COVID-19 tests is 6.8 per 100,000 residents, up from 6.5 in the previous assessment. The limit for tier two is 7.0.

Nearly all non-essential indoor businesses would close under the purple tier. – City News Service

County Leaders ‘Sound The Alarm’ As COVID-19 Case Rates Climb

– 4:01 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

San Diego County public health officials implored San Diegans to maintain vigilance Friday as positive case rates for the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase in the region.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten held an emergency meeting to "sound the alarm" as the future case rate appears to cross into the "purple" tier of the state's four-tier reopening system. The county is currently in the red, or substantial, tier for at least another two weeks.

The state's monitoring system features a seven-day lag, both the adjusted and unadjusted case rate of COVID-19 tests returning positive for next week look to be above seven new daily cases per 100,000 population — the state's metric for the most restrictive purple tier.

The good news is that it will take two consecutive weeks with data in purple tier levels before the county is officially moved back to that step, so there may be a chance of reversing trends and avoiding that precipitous drop. Nearly all non-essential indoor businesses would close under the purple tier. — City News Service

Tribal Casinos Keep COVID-19 Details Private While Juggling Economics, Safety

– 3:54 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

As many businesses remained under orders to stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic, tribes in San Diego County bucked recommendations from outside leaders and reopened their casinos with measures designed to limit the spread of illness.

It’s unclear if the gamble paid off.

Public health officials have confirmed that more than 300 of the county’s residents who contracted COVID-19 reported visiting a casino shortly before testing positive.

But the county won’t disclose whether any community outbreaks occurred at local casinos because they’re on tribal lands. The tribal governments have released little information and aren’t subject to federal and state disclosure laws as sovereign entities.

That means local outbreaks potentially are being left out of a metric the county considers in reopening decisions. Already, San Diego fails to stay under the threshold for outbreaks set by public health officials.

The casinos began reopening in May with new cleaning, social distancing and face covering policies, but some of their employees have raised concerns. – Camille von Kaenel, inewsource and Jennifer Bowman, inewsource

San Diego Region Projected To Lose $12.4 Billion In 2020 Due To The Pandemic

– 3:53 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may cost the region's economy more than $12.4 billion in 2020, according to a report released Thursday from the San Diego Association of Governments.

According to the SANDAG report, which looks at the first six months following stay-at-home orders, $4.8 billion in wages were lost and more than 176,000 people in San Diego County lost their jobs. The report also found that a disproportionate impact of job losses landed on women, minorities, lower-income earners and younger employees.

Compared to March, the report found in July there were 23% fewer lower-income employees — those making less than $27,000 a year. A total of 80% of jobs lost came in the tourism, retail and education sectors.

Middle-income jobs — those earning between $27,000 and $60,000 — are down 8.5%, while high-income jobs — those earning more than $60,000 — are down just .8%. The report found that the immediate impact for low-income jobs was greater and it will likely take longer for those jobs to recover. — City News Service

San Diego County Reports 143 COVID-19 Cases, 3 Deaths, 17 Community Outbreaks

– 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 143 new COVID-19 infections and three virus-related deaths, raising the cumulative caseload to 51,470 and the number of fatalities to 847, amid a rise in confirmed community outbreaks.

One woman and two men died between Oct. 2-14, and their ages ranged from early 70s to late 80s. All had underlying medical conditions, according to the county Health & Human Services Agency.

Of the 8,315 tests reported Thursday, 2% returned positive, keeping the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases at 3%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 10,100.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,720 — or 7.2% — have required hospitalization and 862 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit. There are currently 233 COVID-19 positive patients in the region's hospitals; 72 of them in ICUs.

A total of 17 new community outbreaks were reported Thursday — 10 in business settings, three in restaurant/bar settings, two in faith-based agency settings, one in a food processing setting and one in a restaurant. — City News Service

San Diego County Reports 303 New COVID-19 Cases, Four Deaths

– 4:46 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 303 new COVID-19 infections and four virus-related deaths Wednesday, raising the region's totals to 51,327 cases and 844 deaths.

This comes a day after state data confirmed the county will remain in the red, or substantial, tier of the state's four-tier COVID-19 reopening plan for at least another week.

County supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher said staying in red wasn't good enough. Cox said the red tier's restrictions still made it incredibly difficult for small businesses to stay open.

Fletcher agreed, saying the county needed to drive down positive tests and new case numbers.

"The overwhelming majority [of county residents] are doing everything right, but we need to see numbers go down," he said. "We need to get off this weekly cliff we stare down." – City News Service

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce Barely ‘Inching Up’ As Cases Surge

– 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

The United States has more than 50,000 contact tracers for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit, according to a survey of states conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in collaboration with NPR.

The total number of contact tracers reported in all U.S. states and territories was 53,116. That's four times the number of contact tracers states reported to NPR in its initial survey in late April, but it falls far short of the more than 100,000 that public health experts have been calling for since the pandemic began seven months ago.

"I see us inching up in terms of increasing the contact tracing personnel, [though] still only really halfway to where we need to be," says Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a co-author of a handbook of COVID-19 policy. This latest survey shows a nearly 30% increase from NPR's last survey in early August, which found 41,122 contact tracers across the country, but some of that increase is due to the fact that more states are now included.

Contact tracing staffing "feels stagnant," says Crystal Watson, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She oversaw the survey in collaboration with NPR. "I don't see a lot of evidence that we have a new push or renewed interest in trying to prepare for what we might see this winter," she says, "and we're already seeing cases tick up across the U.S. and in Europe."– Selena Simmons-Duffin, NPR

Jury Seated In First San Diego Criminal Trial Since Pandemic Began

– 6:35 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

A jury was seated and opening statements were delivered Tuesday in the first criminal trial held in San Diego Superior Court since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 40 people reported for jury duty at the downtown San Diego courthouse Tuesday morning, a stark contrast from typical times, when the court can rely on a pool of around 400 prospective jurors to choose from.

The prospective panelists were escorted to a retro-fitted courtroom featuring plexiglass panels between each seat in the jury box, and panels cordoning off the attorneys, judge and court staff from one another. Jurors not seated in the jury box were spaced out throughout the courtroom.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Frederic Link thanked those who reported for the inaugural pandemic trial, assuring the group that "everything in this room has been sanitized this morning ...We're trying to take every precaution we can to make this safe for you."

A jury panel was seated by early afternoon in the trial of 61-year-old John Homer Scarborough, who is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse. The trial is expected to continue through at least the end of the week, and another trial is scheduled to begin next Monday at the downtown courthouse.

Since March, San Diego County courthouses have been largely closed to the general public, with most matters held remotely, in which neither defendants nor attorneys have appeared in person.

Trials have been on hold as the court system grappled with the obstacles involved with bringing members of the public into the courthouses for jury duty.

Following nearly six months without trials, jury summons were mailed out last month for the first time since the pandemic began.

With Scarborough's trial, San Diego County courts will begin chipping away at an ever-increasing trial backlog, with the trial possibly serving as a test case for restarting jury trials at the county's other courthouses in Chula Vista, El Cajon and Vista.

"As we safely and cautiously resume trials with a smaller potential juror pool, we will start by seating our first jury at the Central Courthouse before we expand to the other courthouses," Superior Court Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne said. "We know this will be an uphill battle to work through all of the pending jury trials and we will only be able to accomplish this with the support of jurors willing to fulfill this public service. It is more critical than ever that you report for jury duty if summoned."

While Scarborough's case is the first criminal trial in San Diego state court, the local federal courts have been holding a limited number of jury trials and other in-person proceedings. The San Diego Superior Court also brought one jury panel back into the courthouse this summer to render a verdict on a murder trial that was interrupted by the pandemic. — City News Service

SD County To Remain In Red Tier As 278 Cases, 14 Deaths Reported

– 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

San Diego County will remain in the red, or substantial, tier of the state's four-tier COVID-19 reopening plan for at least another week, even as public health officials reported 278 new COVID-19 infections and 14 deaths from the illness.

According to the California Department of Public Health, San Diego County's state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.8 daily infections per 100,000 residents, up from 6.5 the previous week. The unadjusted case rate was 7.2, up from 6.9 last Tuesday.

The adjusted rate is due to San Diego County's high volume of tests but still leaves the county on the precipice of the state's most restrictive tier — purple.

The testing positivity percentage is 3%, considerably less than last week, and that number would qualify for the third — or orange — tier.

To remain in the red tier, the county must continue to have an adjusted case rate of less than 7.0 per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity percentage of less than 5%.

The new cases and deaths reported Tuesday raised the total for the region to 51,024 cases and 840 deaths.

Eight women and six men died between Oct. 3 and Sunday. Their ages ranged from the early 50s to early 100s. All but one had underlying medical conditions.

Of the 10,078 tests reported Tuesday, 3% returned positive, keeping the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases at 2.9%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 10,608.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,702 — or 7.3% — have required hospitalization and 857 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Six new community outbreaks were reported Tuesday — three in restaurant/bar settings, two in private residences and one in a kindergarten through 12th-grade school. *— City News Service

SD County Reports 195 New COVID-19 Cases As It Awaits State Data

– 4:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 195 new COVID-19 infections Monday, raising the total to 50,746 cases as the county awaits reopening data from the state Tuesday.

The number of deaths in the region from the illness remains at 826.

Of the 7,573 tests reported Monday, 3% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases to 2.9%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 10,424.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,692 — or 7.3% — have required hospitalization and 854 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

One new community outbreak was reported Monday in a restaurant/bar setting. In the past seven days, 46 community outbreaks were confirmed, well above the trigger of seven or more in a week's time. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.

The county remains in the second — or red — tier of the state's four-tier COVID-19 reopening plan. San Diego's state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

The testing positivity percentage is 3.5%, the same as last week, and it is in the third — or orange — tier. — City News Service

California Relaxes Rules To Allow Small Family Gatherings

– 3:50 p.m, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow multi-household gatherings outdoors.

Three households can socialize so long as they wear masks and follow other safety precautions designed to stem the spread of the virus. State health officials previously had discouraged gatherings outside of a single household.

The state set the limit of three households out of concern that people will be tempted to have even larger indoor activities with the approach of Halloween and other holidays during the colder months. G

ov. Gavin Newsom said Monday the rules recognize the increasing pressure for get-togethers among relatives and close friends. — Associated Press

SD County Reports 408 New COVID-19 Cases, Another Death

– 5:32 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

San Diego County public health officials have reported 408 new COVID-19 infections and one more death from the illness, raising the county's totals to 50,551 cases and 826 fatalities.

The death of one man was noted Saturday. He was in his mid-40s and had an underlying medical condition.

Of the 9,875 tests reported Saturday, 4% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases to 2.9%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 10,281.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,681 — or 7.3% — have required hospitalization and 851 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Seven new community outbreaks were reported Saturday, one in a faith- based agency, one in a restaurant, one in a grocery setting, two in businesses and two in restaurant/bar settings.

In the past seven days, Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, 45 community outbreaks were confirmed, well above the trigger of seven or more in a week's time. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days. – City News Service

SD County Reports 320 COVID-19 Cases, Raising Total To 50,143

– 4:17 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020

San Diego County public health officials have reported 320 new COVID-19 infections and four more deaths from the illness, raising the county's totals to 50,143 cases, a milestone for the region, and 825 fatalities.

Two women and two men died, and their ages ranged from early to late 60s. Three had underlying medical conditions.

Of the 11,371 tests reported Friday, 3% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases to 2.8%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 10,127.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,670 — or 7.3% — have required hospitalization and 849 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Four community outbreaks were reported Friday, two in businesses and two in restaurant/bar settings.

In the past seven days, Oct. 3 through Oct. 9, 38 community outbreaks were confirmed, well above the trigger of seven or more in a week's time. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.

The county remains in the second — or red — tier of the state's four- tier COVID-19 reopening plan. San Diego's state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

The testing positivity percentage is 3.5%, the same as last week, and it is in the third — or orange — tier. – City News Service

SDSU Hoops To Begin Mountain West Conference Schedule In December

– 6:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

The Mountain West Conference will play an 18-game basketball schedule, starting in late December.

The season will begin on Dec. 29 and conclude March 6, according to a news released issued Friday.

Each team will play nine home games and make nine road trips, with individual schedules to be released later.

The conference tournament will be held March 10-13 in Las Vegas.

Utah State won last year's Mountain West tournament by defeating San Diego State in the title game, just before the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA pushed back the start of the 2020-21 basketball season to Nov. 25 due to the pandemic. — Associated Press

SD County Reports 357 COVID-19 Cases, Likely To Cross 50,000 Total Saturday

– 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 357 new COVID-19 infections and two more deaths from the illness Friday, raising the county's totals to 49,823 cases of the coronavirus and 821 fatalities.

The number of cases will likely cross 50,000 on Saturday, a milestone for the region, which experienced its first case in February.

One woman and one man died, and their ages ranged from early 60s to late 90s. Both had underlying medical conditions.

Of the 13,829 tests reported Friday, 3% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases to 2.9%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 9,809.

In addition to the tests reported Friday, the county received a batch of 41,520 tests from labs covering several months, with positive cases previously reported and investigated.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,652 — or 7.3% — have required hospitalization and 848 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

A total of eight community outbreaks were reported Friday, five in businesses and three in restaurant/bar settings.

In the past seven days, 37 community outbreaks were confirmed, well above the trigger of seven or more in a week's time. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days. — City News Service

SD County Reports 291 COVID-19 Cases, 6 Deaths, Record 19 Community Outbreaks

– 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 291 new COVID-19 infections and six deaths from the illness Thursday, raising the county's totals to 49,446 cases of the coronavirus and 819 deaths, while a new daily record for community outbreaks was set.

A total of 19 community outbreaks were reported Thursday, six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and another in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

In the past seven days, 32 community outbreaks were confirmed, well above the trigger of seven or more in a week's time. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.

Four women and two men died between Sept. 4 and Oct. 7, and their ages ranged from late 40s to mid-70s. All had underlying medical conditions.

Of the 10,915 tests reported Thursday, 3% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases to 3%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 9,150.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,646 — or 7.4% — have required hospitalization and 849 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit. — City News Service

SD Reports 354 New COVID-19 Cases, 7 Deaths As County Adapts To New Metric

– 4:49 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

San Diego County public health officials reported 354 new COVID-19 infections and seven deaths from the illness Wednesday, raising the region's totals to 49,175 cases of the coronavirus and 813 deaths.

This comes a day after the state told the county it will remain in the second, or red, tier of the state's four-tier COVID-19 reopening plan for at least another week.

However, a new wrinkle in how the state looks at county data was announced Wednesday. A health equity metric will now be used to determine how quickly a county may advance through the reopening plan, San Diego Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said.

A community can only be as well as its unhealthiest quartile, she said, and while counties with a large disparity between the least- and most- sick members of a community will not be punished for the disparity by sliding back into more restrictive tiers, such a disparity will stop counties from advancing to less-restrictive tiers. – City News Service

San Diego County Remains In Red Tier As It Reports 161 COVID-19 Cases, 3 Deaths

– 4:14 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

According to state data released Tuesday, San Diego County will remain in the second, or red, tier of the state's four-tier COVID- 19 reopening plan for at least another week.

The county's state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 new daily infections per 100,000 people, down from last week's 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is down to 7 from last week's 7.2. Because San Diego County testing levels were above the state median testing volume, the county's adjustment level was decreased.

On the last two Tuesdays, the county narrowly avoided being pushed back into purple tier, the most strict in the state's reopening plan. The state- set threshold of case rate to avoid the purple tier is below 7 per 100,000.

To move into the less-restrictive orange tier, a county must have a rate below 3.9 per 100,000 people.

County public health officials reported 161 new COVID-19 infections and three deaths on Tuesday, raising the region's totals to 48,821 cases and 806 deaths. — City News Service

El Cajon Receives Another $1 Million In Federal COVID-19 Relief

– 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

The city of El Cajon announced Tuesday that it has received another $1 million in federal COVID-19 relief to be used for private households impacted by the pandemic, supplementing nearly $3.5 million in federal, state and county relief already disbursed throughout the community.

The El Cajon City Council will explore possible uses for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding at its Oct. 13 meeting. According to a city statement, the main restriction on the funds is that they cannot be used for business assistance.

Since pandemic-related shutdowns in March, El Cajon started a $2.5 million business grant program that has supported 135 total businesses — 57 nonessential, 57 essential and 21 restaurants.

El Cajon has also given out $572,000 to support rental and utility programs which are being administered by three East County service providers: CSA San Diego County, Home Start and Interfaith Shelter. As of Aug. 31, 56 households in the city have been served, with more than $300,000 still available for vulnerable residents.

Additionally, $231,000 has been spent to attempt to alleviate homelessness with partnerships with East County Transitional Living Center shelter beds and Home Start emergency motel vouchers, with 250 people sheltered so far. Another $100,000 was distributed among six faith-based organizations to help feed those in need. — City News Service

San Diego County Reports 224 New COVID-19 Cases As It Awaits State Data

– 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020

San Diego County public health officials Monday reported 224 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 48,660, but the death total remains unchanged at 803.

County officials are awaiting fresh data from the state Tuesday, a week after avoiding being pushed back into the most restrictive "purple" tier in the state's four-tier reopening plan. The county is the red tier for COVID-19 cases, with a state-adjusted case rate of 6.7 per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity percentage of 3.5%.

Of the 6,577 tests reported Monday, 3% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases to 3%. The state-set target is less than 8%. The seven-day daily average of tests was 9,307.

Of the total number of cases in the county, 3,585 — or 7.4% — have required hospitalization and 832 — or 1.7% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit. — City News Service

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