Health

County to Be Placed on Watchlist; Impacted Businesses Should Prepare

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County employee Esma Al Sabag is doing contact tracing in English and Arabic.

A record number of COVID-19 cases were reported today, and the state has notified the County it will be placed on its Monitoring List July 3, which is expected to result in the County closing or placing new restrictions on additional businesses next week.

In the past three days, the rate of COVID-19 cases in the region went up from 103.8 to 112.8, surpassing the state’s threshold of no more than 100 cases per every 100,000 residents. Here’s how the rate is calculated.

Given the continuing high number of daily cases, it is expected that the County will be on the state’s watchlist for the next three days and it could be forced to mandate more restrictive measures and additional closings based on guidance from the state.

Businesses on the state’s list should prepare to close or modify their operations since new restrictions could be effective as early as July 7 and would last for three weeks.

Indoor activities could be restricted on the following businesses:

  • Dine-in restaurants (outdoor, pick up or drive-through can occur)
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters, family entertainment centers and cardrooms
  • Museums and zoos

Celebrate Fourth of July Safely

As residents prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, they should do it safely by not gathering in groups and staying with people in their own household.

Outdoor picnics and barbecues should take place only  with household members to prevent the spread of the virus, and they should take place at home or close to home

When outside the home, San Diegans should do the following to protect themselves and others:

  • Practice good hand hygiene and sanitation
  • Keep six feet apart
  • Wear a face covering
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Stay home if they are sick

COVID-19 Triggers, Tests, Cases and Deaths

Community Outbreaks and Other Triggers:

The County is monitoring 13 measures, or triggers, that could prompt revisions to the health order.

  • 10 new outbreaks were reported July 2: eight in restaurants/bars, one in a grocery and one in a business.
  • In the past seven days, 22 community outbreaks were identified which represent 100 laboratory-confirmed cases.
  • The number of community outbreaks far exceeds the seven in seven days trigger.
  • A community outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households.
  • The County also reached the Case Investigation trigger because only 67% of investigations were initiated within 24 hours of notification over a 7-day period. The percentage should be at least 71%.

Testing:

  • 8,510 tests were reported to the County July 1 and 7% were positive new cases.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive tests is 4.9%. 

Cases:

  • A record 584 new cases were reported in San Diego County for a total of 15,207.
  • 1,821 or 12% of cases have required hospitalization.
  • 497 or 3.3% of all cases and 27.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Deaths:

  • Five new COVID-19 deaths were reported for a regional total of 377.
  • Three men and two women died between June 26 and July 1, and their ages ranged from 51 to 93 years.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More COVID-19 Information

More information on COVID-19 and detailed data summaries can be found at the County’s coronavirus-sd.com website.

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact