Current Facial Covering Guidance Remains in Effect

A teenage girl looks away as she is about to receive her COVID-19 vaccine.
Emily Cao, 15, braces for her COVID-19 vaccination from registered nurse Mark Stell.

The County of San Diego will follow state guidance regarding facial coverings until the expected full reopening of the California economy on June 15.

The California Department of Public Health announced today that facial coverings will continue to be required in most indoor settings for another four weeks. This will allow Californians, especially children 12 and older who only last week became eligible for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, to get vaccinated.

The current CDPH face covering guidance allows fully vaccinated people to gather outdoors without a facial covering, except when in crowded settings. Unvaccinated people should wear face coverings outdoors whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Face coverings are required in most indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. More information about the current face covering guidance is available here.

Vaccination Progress:

  • Doses delivered: Over 3.84 million.
  • Doses administered: More than 3.34 million.
  • Received at least one shot: Close to 1.8 million or 64.2% of San Diegans 12 and older.
  • Fully vaccinated: About 1.35 million or 48.3%.
  • The goal: fully vaccinate 75% of San Diego County residents 12 and older or 2,101,936 people.
  • To date, 85.6% of the goal population has received at least one vaccine and 64.4% are fully vaccinated. These percentages will be updated as new populations become eligible.
  • More vaccination information can be found

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 3.7 cases per 100,000 residents.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 1.7%.
  • The health equity metric is 2.0%.
  • CDPH assesses counties on a weekly basis. The next report is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • One new community outbreak was confirmed May 16 in a restaurant/bar setting.
  • Three new community outbreaks were reported May 15: one in a business setting, one in a college/university setting and one in a grocery setting.
  • No new community outbreaks were reported May 14.
  • In the past seven days (May 10 through May 16), 9 community outbreaks were confirmed.
  • The community outbreaks trigger is seven or more in seven days.


  • 6,450 tests were reported to the County on May 16, and the percentage of new positive cases was 1%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 1.5%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 11,628.

Cases, Hospitalizations and ICU Admissions:

  • 47 COVID-19 cases were reported to the County on May 16. The region’s total is now 279,145.
  • This is the lowest number of new cases reported in over a year, though weekend testing has tended to trend lower throughout the pandemic.
  • 15,351 or 5.5% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,696 or 0.6% of all cases and 11% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • No new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Sunday, May 16. The region’s total is 3,742.
  • Five additional COVID-19 deaths were reported on Saturday, May 15.
  • Two of these deaths occurred in June of 2020 and three in July of 2020.
  • The deaths from 2020 were just added to the list after a rigorous review of death certificates that were incorrect or incomplete and required the analysis of the patients’ medical records to determine if they were COVID-19 deaths.
  • The deaths reported on May 15 include one woman and four men who died between June 13, 2020 and July 23, 2020.
  • Of the people whose deaths were reported on May 15, three were 70 years of age or older and two were in their 60s.
  • Three had underlying medical conditions, one did not, and one has medical history pending.
  • Five additional COVID-19 deaths were reported on Friday, May 14.
  • Four of these deaths occurred in August of 2020 and one in May of 2021.
  • The deaths reported on May 14 include one woman and four men who died between Aug. 2, 2020 and May 10, 2021.
  • Of the people whose deaths were reported on May 14, three were 80 years of age or older, one was in their 70s and one was in their 50s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s website are updated around 5 p.m. daily.


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