San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 10-30-2020

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Oct. 29. 

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 6.5 per 100,000 residents. Limit for Tier 2, the Red Tier, is 7.0.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 3.5%, placing it in Tier 3 or the Orange Tier.
  • The state’s health equity metric looks at the testing positivity in a county’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
  • The County’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 5.1%. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers but is required to advance.
  • The California Department of Public Health will assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • One new community outbreak was confirmed on Oct. 29 in a restaurant setting.
  • In the past seven days (Oct. 23 through Oct. 29), 33 community outbreaks were confirmed.
  • The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
  • 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.


  • 15,013 tests were reported to the County on Oct. 29, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 3%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 2.7%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 11,336.
  • People with and without symptoms who are at higher risk for COVID-19 should be tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who had close contact to a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted.


  • 471 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Oct. 29. The region’s total is now 56,369.
  • 3,911 or 6.9% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 905 or 1.6% of all cases and 23.1% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Three new deaths were reported in the County on Oct. 29. The region’s total is now 888.
  • One woman and two men died between Oct. 25 and Oct. 28. Their ages ranged from mid-30s to mid-80s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s website will be updated around 5 p.m. today.

Katie Cadiao is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact