Health

Beach Parking Lots Can Reopen Tuesday

An empty parking lot at a local beach

Starting June 9, beachgoers will be allowed to park in lots at local beaches, the County announced today. Individual coastal communities may elect to enforce stricter regulations on parking lots in their area, so beachgoers should check whether lots at specific beaches are open before heading out the door.

Late today, the County also received further guidance from the state about a number of additional sectors that can reopen, with restrictions, as early as Friday, June 12. The County received reopening guidelines for the following industries:

  • Gyms
  • Hotels
  • Bars and wineries
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Professional sports without spectators
  • Day camps
  • Campgrounds and RV parks
  • Family entertainment (bowling alleys, batting cages, etc.)
  • Card rooms and racetracks
  • Music, film and television production

The County is evaluating the state guidance and will provide a timeline for individual sectors in the coming days. While the state guidance provides public health modifications that should be in place prior to the reopening of individual sectors, the county public health officer will make the final decision about when individual industries can reopen based on local COVID-19 data.

“As we reopen businesses and increase activities, we must continue to be vigilant and maintain strategies to decrease the spread of COVID-19,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H, County public health officer. “Practicing good hand hygiene, maintaining physical distance when you come into contact with individuals outside your household and using a face covering help prevent the spread of this virus.”

Symptomatic San Diegans, especially people who participated in recent protests, are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

People showing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider and arrange for testing. If you don’t have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 and ask for a public health nurse who will give you a referral.

Residents without symptoms who want to get a COVID-19 test should check first with their health care provider. They can also get tested at a state or County site where tests are administered for free.

COVID-19 Testing, Cases and Deaths

Testing:

  • An all-time single-day high of 5,936 tests were reported to the County on June 4 and 240 or 4% were positive.
  • 3.0% was yesterday’s 14-day, rolling average percentage of positive tests.

Cases:

  • 240 new cases were reported for a San Diego County total of 8,180.
  • 1,397 or 17.1% of the total cases have required hospitalization.
  • 397 or 4.9% of all cases had to be admitted to the intensive care unit.

Deaths:

  • Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported today, bringing the region’s total deaths to 294.
  • Three women and three men died, and their ages ranged from 46 to 94 years.
  • Five had underlying medical conditions and one did not.

The number of active outbreaks, deaths and cases are:

  • 53 active outbreaks; 42 at congregate living facilities and 11 in community settings.
  • 19 outbreaks with 791 cases, including 78 deaths in skilled nursing facilities.
  • 23 outbreaks with 842 cases, including 66 deaths in other congregate settings.
  • 11 outbreaks with 365 cases, including five deaths in community settings.

More COVID-19 Information

The County’s COVID-19 webpage contains additional information on the disease, including a graph showing new positive cases and total cases reported by date. The data is also broken down by gender, race and ethnic/race group. The County also publishes the Weekly Coronavirus Disease Surveillance Report. An interactive dashboard with several COVID-19 indicators is being updated daily. For more information, visit coronavirus-sd.com.

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