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KPBS Trigger Tracker

In recent weeks, openings and closings of businesses have been decided by data points data analyzed by California health officials, specifically the region’s average number of new COVID-19 cases identified each day per 100,000 residents. However, San Diego County health officials consider data from 13 different measurements to monitor the spread of coronavirus in the region. Local officials use the metrics below to inform their decisions. Some metrics are weighted more heavily than others.

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Primary Triggers

Only one of the primary triggers must be reached for the county to consider implementing more restrictions.

  • Community Outbreaks Over Last 7 Days

    Should not be more than 6

    This measures the amount of outbreaks in community settings that have occurred in the last seven days. An outbreak is defined as three or more cases among non-household members tied to the same community setting, such as a business or private residence.

  • ICU Beds Available

    Should not be less than 20%

    This measures the percentage of available ICU beds.

  • Hospitals With Enough PPE

    Should not reach or be less than 50%

    This measures the percentage of hospitals that currently have enough personal protective equipment to last at least 22 days.

Secondary Triggers

With the exception of the case rate, which has been prioritized by the state, at least two of the secondary triggers must be reached for the county to consider taking action. But these triggers have an added layer of complexity because they must also be in separate categories. There are three categories: surveillance, capacity and response. If at least two triggers in different categories are reached, the county may consider more public health orders.

  • SURVEILLANCE
  • CAPACITY
  • RESPONSE
  • Average New Daily Cases Per 100K Residents

    Should not reach 7.1 for two consecutive weeks

    This measures the average number of new daily cases per 100,000 San Diego County residents. It is adjusted by the state based on the county's testing volume and is only updated on Tuesdays. It determines the level of state-ordered restrictions that apply in the county.

    The county began providing data for this metric on August 31, 2020.

  • Hospital Beds Occupied

    Should not reach or be greater than 80%

    This measures the amount of occupied hospital beds.

  • COVID Tests Coming Back Positive

    Should not be greater than 8%

    This measures the percentage of daily tests coming back positive for coronavirus over the last two weeks.

    The county began providing data for this metric on July 6, 2020.

  • ER Patients With COVID Symptoms

    Should not see an “upward trajectory” over 2-week period

    This measures the daily percentage of patients visiting San Diego’s emergency departments primarily for COVID-like symptoms. San Diego County defined an upward trajectory as “any increase in the number of people showing up in emergency rooms in an unexpected pattern from what would be expected at that point in time.”

  • Rate Of New COVID Hospitalizations

    Should not reach or be greater than 10%

    This measures the percent change in the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID patients who are hospitalized. It is calculated by comparing the average change over the last three days to the average change over the previous three-day period.

  • New Cases Investigated Within A Day

    Should not reach or be less than 70%

    This measures the percentage of cases that staff investigates within 24 hours of learning about the case. It is calculated over a seven-day period.

  • ER Patients With Flu Symptoms

    Should not see an “upward trajectory” over 2- week period

    This measures the daily percentage of patients visiting San Diego’s emergency departments primarily for COVID-like symptoms. San Diego County has not yet responded to questions to clarify the measurable increase required to be considered an “upward trajectory.”

  • Ventilators Available

    Should not be less than 25%

    This measures the percentage of ventilators that are available for use.

  • Close Contacts Called Within A Day

    Should not reach or be less than 70%

    This measures how quickly contact tracers are able to reach out for the first time to close contacts of a confirmed COVID case. It measures the percentage of close contacts a county employee tries to contact within 24 hours of that person being identified as a close contact.

  • Weekly Snapshot

    Total number of primary and secondary triggers reached each day over the last week. An X indicates the county did not provide a report for that day. The county said it will not provide the information on weekends.

    • 1/12 7

      Metrics triggered

      • Case Rate
      • Community Outbreaks
      • COVID-Syndromic
      • Influenza Like Illness
      • ICU Capacity
      • Testing Positivity
      • Case Investigation
    • 1/13 8

      Metrics triggered

      • Case Rate
      • Community Outbreaks
      • COVID-Syndromic
      • Influenza Like Illness
      • ICU Capacity
      • Increasing Hospitalizations
      • Testing Positivity
      • Case Investigation
    • 1/14 8

      Metrics triggered

      • Case Rate
      • Community Outbreaks
      • COVID-Syndromic
      • Influenza Like Illness
      • Hospital Capacity
      • ICU Capacity
      • Testing Positivity
      • Case Investigation
    • 1/15 X

      Metrics triggered

      No data reported.
    • 1/16 8

      Metrics triggered

      • Case Rate
      • Community Outbreaks
      • COVID-Syndromic
      • Influenza Like Illness
      • Hospital Capacity
      • ICU Capacity
      • Testing Positivity
      • Case Investigation
    • 1/17 7

      Metrics triggered

      • Case Rate
      • Community Outbreaks
      • COVID-Syndromic
      • Influenza Like Illness
      • ICU Capacity
      • Testing Positivity
      • Case Investigation
    • 1/18 X

      Metrics triggered

      No data reported.

    Government Resources

  • Homeless Shelter Space

    Should not be less than 15%

    This measures the percentage of temporary shelter in existence for people experiencing homelessness.

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