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San Diego County Reports 226 New COVID-19 Cases, 7 Deaths

– 5:42 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2021

San Diego County public health officials reported 226 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, as the average positive testing rate continues to drop.

Of 11,265 tests reported Saturday, 2% returned positive, lowering the 14-day rolling average to 1.3%, a record for 2021.

Saturday's data increased the county's cumulative total to 277,759 cases and 3,725 deaths.

Hospitalizations increased to 145 from Friday's 143, while the number of patients in intensive care units increased from 35 Friday to 38 in Saturday's report. There are 62 available, staffed ICU beds in the county.

On Friday, San Diego County announced it will partner with employers, business chambers and other groups to help host large-scale vaccination events by providing vaccines and medical personnel to administer them.

Any entity capable of coordinating a large vaccination event can visit coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine, click on the "Host a Vaccination Event" button, fill out the form, and a county team member will follow up. A large event is considered to be hundreds, if not thousands of participants. — City News Service

San Diego International Airport’s Cell Phone Lot Reopens

– 9:41 a.m., Friday, May 8, 2021

San Diego International Airport's Cell Phone Lot, which has been closed since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to reopen Saturday.

The lot offers around 100 parking spaces free of charge for drivers to park and wait for arriving passengers. It was shut down in April 2020 amid state and county health and safety orders and a general decrease in passenger volume.

"The opening of our Cell Phone Lot is a sign of recovery at our airport," said Kimberly Becker, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. "With the traveling public getting vaccinated and schools on break for spring vacation, we saw some of the highest passenger volumes since the start of the pandemic in March and April. We continue to see a steady increase in travelers and we hope the reopening of our Cell Phone Lot will reduce curbside traffic and make picking up arriving passengers hassle- free." — City News Service

The lot is open from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., seven days a week, and is accessible at the intersection of North Harbor Drive and Liberator Way. — City News Service

San Diego County Reports 210 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths As Case Rate Drops

– 4:51 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021

San Diego County public health officials reported 210 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths Friday, as the average positive testing rate continues to drop.

Of 14,864 tests reported Friday, 1% returned positive, lowering the 14-day rolling average to 1.3%, a record for 2021.

Friday's data increased the county's cumulative total to 277,533 cases and 3,718 deaths.

Hospitalizations decreased to 143 from Thursday's 161, while the number of patients in intensive care units decreased from 37 Thursday to 35 in Friday's report. There are 51 available, staffed ICU beds in the county.

The county has received 3,546,365 doses of coronavirus vaccines — 254,960 this week alone. That is 61,000 fewer than the week previous.

A total of 1,702,257 people have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 84.4% of the way toward reaching the county's goal of vaccinating 75% of San Diego County residents 16 and older, or 2,017,011 people. — City News Service

San Diego County Likely To Stay In Orange Tier Until June 15; 226 COVID Cases Reported

– 4:00 P.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is "not optimistic" the county will graduate into the least-restrictive of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy tiers before June 15, the date Gov. Gavin Newsom has set to lift remaining restrictions set up to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The county is in the orange-tier of the color-coded system due to an adjusted case rate of five new daily cases per 100,000 people. That is a significant improvement over the week before, when that adjusted case rate was 6.2, but it remains well above the fewer-than-two daily cases needed to move into the yellow tier — the reopening plan's least restrictive — and allow for essentially all businesses to reopen.

Los Angeles and San Francisco counties transitioned into the yellow tier on Tuesday.

To advance, San Diego County would have to report statistics in the yellow tier for two consecutive weeks. Due to the delayed nature of the pandemic and how data is reported, that is unlikely — but not impossible — to happen. The state reports data on counties on Tuesdays.

County public health officials reported 226 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, increasing the county's cumulative total to 277,323 cases. The county leaders did not report any new deaths at a news conference Thursday, and that count was 3,716 deaths as of Wednesday.

Of 15,412 tests reported Wednesday, 1% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 1.4%.

The county has received 3,445,425 doses of coronavirus vaccines — 254,960 this week alone. That is 61,000 fewer than the week previous.

A total of 1,692,336 people have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 83.9% of the way toward reaching the county's goal of vaccinating 75% of San Diego County residents 16 and older, or 2,017,011 people.

A total of 1,194,000 — or 59.2% of the county's goal — of the 16-or- older age cohort are fully inoculated with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. – City News Service

Marine Corps Cancels Miramar Air Show Due to Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns

– 11:45 a.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Community Services Miramar canceled the 2021 Miramar Air Show Thursday due to the continuing public health risks associated with COVID-19.

The Miramar Air Show is the largest military air show in the world and typically one of the largest single public events in San Diego, drawing in upwards of half a million guests and spectators from around the globe every year.

Due to uncertainty surrounding the spread of coronavirus across our communities, Col. Charles Dockery, commanding officer of MCAS Miramar, made the decision to suspend this fall's scheduled event and look to begin the early planning for a show in 2022. – City News Service

SD County Expands Evening Vaccinations And Reports 219 New COVID-19 Cases, Three Deaths

– 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Three COVID-19 vaccination sites in north, east and south San Diego County will start offering evening hours starting Thursday, while public health officials reported 219 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths Wednesday.

The three clinics will be administering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to people with and without appointments. People are welcome to drop in for a first dose or a second dose to a dose received elsewhere.

The sites offering doses from 1 to 8 p.m. will be:

— Oceanside: Sunday to Thursday at North Coastal Live Well Health Center, 1701 Mission Ave.;

— Chula Vista: Sunday to Thursday at South Region Live Well Center at Chula Vista, 690 Oxford St.; and

— El Cajon: Tuesday to Saturday at East Public Health Center, 367 N. Magnolia Ave.

Wednesday's data increased the county's cumulative totals to 277,097 cases and 3,716 deaths.

Hospitalizations among people diagnosed with COVID-19 decreased by one from Tuesday's figures to 155 people. Of those, 42 are in intensive care units, unchanged from Tuesday. There were 52 staffed, available ICU beds in the county.

Of 17,363 tests reported Wednesday, 1% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 1.4%.

A total of 3,086,545 doses of coronavirus vaccines have arrived in the county, with 2,847,132 administered.

A total of 1,508,825 people have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 74.8% toward reaching the county's goal of vaccinating 75% of San Diego County residents 16 and older, or 2,017,011 people.

A total of 1,096,519 — or 54.4% of the county's goal — of the 16-or-older age cohort are fully inoculated with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Wooten told supervisors Tuesday that 83% of county residents 65 or older have gotten as least one dose of the vaccine. – City News Service

San Diego County Fails To Advance To Yellow Tier

– 6:48 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021

San Diego County failed Tuesday to join Los Angeles and San Francisco counties in advancing to the least-restrictive tier of the state's color-coded Blueprint For a Safer Economy.

San Diego County has an adjusted case rate of five new daily cases per 100,000 population to remain in the orange tier. The yellow tier is fewer than two cases.

The county's positivity rate over the past seven days is 2.2% and needs to be below 2% to advance. Counties are sorted into tiers by their worst-performing metric.

County health officials reported 186 new COVID-19 cases and one death Tuesday, increasing the cumulative totals to 276,878 cases and 3,713 deaths.

Hospitalizations among people diagnosed with COVID-19 increased by 18 from Monday's figures to 156 people. Of those, 42 are in intensive care units, two from Monday's report. There are 59 staffed, available ICU beds in the county. — City News Service

LA, San Francisco Lead California Business Reopening Pace

– 5:54 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Los Angeles and San Francisco have met state guidelines to move into the least restrictive tier for businesses to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

The two counties on Tuesday become the first urban areas in the state to reach the final stage of a phased reopening plan before a projected return to business as usual June 15.

Because of the low number of COVID-19 infections and high number of vaccines administered, indoor bars can reopen, larger crowds can cheer on the Dodgers and Giants, and capacity can expand at restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, gyms and other establishments. — Associated Press

Biden Aims To Vaccinate 70% Of American Adults By July 4

– 2:03 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021

President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of American adults by July Fourth.

He's focusing on easing access to shots as his administration tackles the vexing problem of winning over the doubters and those who are reluctant to get inoculated.

Demand for vaccines has dropped off markedly nationwide, with some states leaving more than half their vaccine doses unordered.

Biden is calling for states to make vaccines available on a walk-in basis and will direct many pharmacies to do likewise. His goal equates to delivering at least the first shot to 181 million adults and fully vaccinating 160 million by Independence Day. — Associated Press

San Diego County To Extend Hours Of Several COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

– 5:58 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2021

Three COVID-19 vaccination sites in north, east and south county will start offering evening hours starting Thursday, San Diego County public health officials announced Monday.

The three clinics will be administering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to people with and without appointments. People are welcome to drop in for a first dose or a second dose that is a follow-up to a dose received elsewhere.

"With 1.5 million San Diegans now having received at least one dose of vaccine, and with vaccination sites more widespread, we are able to improve convenience," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. "By offering evening hours, the county is providing the public even more options to help get us to herd immunity and back to the things we love."

The sites offering doses from 1 to 8 p.m. will be:

• Oceanside: Sunday to Thursday at North Coastal Live Well Health Center, 1701 Mission Ave.;

• Chula Vista: Sunday to Thursday at South Region Live Well Center at Chula Vista, 690 Oxford St.; and

• El Cajon: Tuesday to Saturday at East Public Health Center, 367 N. Magnolia Ave.

County health officials reported 172 new COVID-19 cases Monday, increasing the cumulative total to 276,692.

No new deaths were reported Monday, and the region's total remains 3,712. — City News Service

FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

– 4:03 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

That's according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process. The FDA action would be followed by a meeting of a federal vaccine advisory committee to discuss whether to recommend the shot for 12- to 15-year-olds.

Then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would act on the committee’s recommendation. Those steps could be completed in a matter of days. — Associated Press

County Reports 154 COVID-19 Cases, 6 Deaths

– 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 2, 2021

San Diego County public health officials have reported 154 new COVID-19 infections and six deaths, as the number of vaccines delivered to the county crossed the 3 million mark.

A total of 3,038,735 doses have now arrived in the county, with 2,795,184 of those administered. The county received 292,950 vaccines last week, 18,000 fewer than the week prior.

A total of 1,491,049 people have received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna, which is 55.4% of the county's goal, and 1,065,477 — or 39.6% of the county's goal — of the 16 or older age cohort are fully inoculated with either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Sunday's data increases the cumulative totals in the county to 276,520 cases and 3,712 deaths.

Of 13,987 tests reported Sunday, 2% returned positive.

Three new community outbreaks were reported Sunday.

In the past seven days, 24 community outbreaks were confirmed. There were 101 cases associated with those outbreaks. The community outbreaks trigger is seven or more in seven days.

All 23 county-run vaccine sites are now accepting walk-in visits, but the super stations are still appointment only. – City News Service

County Reports Over 50% Of COVID-19 Vaccination Goal Fully Inoculated

– 5:55 p.m., Saturday, May 1, 2021

San Diego County public health officials reported 210 new COVID-19 infections and four deaths, as the number of vaccines delivered to the county crossed the 3 million mark.

A total of 3,038,735 doses have now arrived in the county, with 2,759,104 of those administered. The county received 292,950 vaccines this week, 18,000 fewer than the week prior.

A total of 1,455,004 people have received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna, which is 72.1% of the county's goal,

and 1,030,386 — or 51.1% of the county's goal — of the 16 or older age cohort are fully inoculated with either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The goal is to fully vaccinate 75% of San Diego County residents 16 and older, or 2,017,011 people.

Saturday's data increase the cumulative totals in the county to 276,366 cases and 3,706 deaths.

Of 13,987 tests reported Saturday, 2% returned positive.

Three new community outbreaks were reported Saturday.

In the past seven days, 24 community outbreaks were confirmed. There were 101 cases associated with those outbreaks. The community outbreaks trigger is seven or more in seven days.

All 23 county-run vaccine sites are now accepting walk-in visits, but the super stations are still appointment only. – City News Service

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