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County COVID Cases Down. Some Scripps Health Services Still Offline

A "Scripps Clinic" sign in Rancho Bernardo, May 3, 2021.
Roland Lizarondo
A "Scripps Clinic" sign in Rancho Bernardo, May 3, 2021.
The new week begins with good and not-so-good healthcare news. COVID cases and deaths are down county-wide. But so are some services of Scripps Health, as it enters the fourth week of a debilitating cyberattack.

This Sunday, of the 6,686 COVID-19 tests reported to San Diego County's Health and Human Services, 1% returned positive, just 76 new cases.

Related: San Diego County Reports 76 New COVID-19 Cases As Vaccination Rate Slows


In contrast, the county reported more than 5,000 new cases in January, just five months ago.

In the meantime, Scripps Health, one of San Diego County's largest healthcare providers, is about to enter the fourth week of a cyberattack which froze all its digital services.

Patients of Scripps Health wishing to schedule a COVID-19 test, vaccination or any other services, remain locked out of MyScripps, the web portal through which patients schedule visits, communicate with doctors and learn test results. Scripps Health's main website, however, is back up this week.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has confirmed the intrusion was a ransomware attack. As yet it is unknown whether Scripps has paid a ransom.

Paul Sisson, who covers healthcare for The San Diego Union-Tribune, joined KPBS Midday Edition to discuss how COVID-19 is trending in the county and how Scripps Health is dealing with the on-going attack.