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More Beach Activities Can Start June 2

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Posted by County of San Diego - Government on Monday, June 1, 2020
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Sitting and sunning at local beaches will be allowed starting tomorrow.

However, County health officials are reminding residents they must maintain physical distancing or wear a face covering when close to others.

People headed to beaches can bring their own chairs and towels to relax and sunbathe but must remain with members of their own household.

Only passive activities will be allowed and no gatherings or sports such as football and volleyball will be permitted. Parking lots will remain closed.

While these new activities are now allowed, it’s up to individual beach jurisdictions to determine if they want to proceed with the new guidance and how they’re going to enforce it.

County Waiting to Move Further into Stage 3

The County continues to wait for word from Gov. Gavin Newsom on guidance for reopening additional sectors of the economy, as well as schools, and move further into Stage 3.

Once the new guidance is available, the County will review it and determine which businesses and activities can reopen or occur. They include youth sports, gyms, nail salons, community pools and sporting events with no spectators.

Health officials encouraged San Diegans to be patient and continue practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public and near others, and washing their hands regularly.

“We must continue to be vigilant and maintain strategies to decrease the spread of COVID-19, as we have reopened businesses and increased activities,” said Wilma Wooten, County public health officer.

Face coverings are required in public and within six feet of someone who is not a household member.

Testing Site in San Ysidro Opens

A COVID-19 testing site is opening in San Ysidro starting June 2.

The state-run site will offer free testing from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Ysidro Civic Center located at 212 W. Park Ave. in San Ysidro.

Appointments will be required and can be made at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.

Testing in Rural Communities Continues

CAL FIRE and the San Diego County Fire Authority continue to be offer testing in rural communities.

Drive-up testing sites will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in five communities. An appointment is necessary, and you can make one by calling 2-1-1. The sites will be on:

June 2:             San Diego County Library, 1275 Main St., Ramona, CA 92065

June 3:             San Diego County Library: 31466 Hwy 94, Campo, CA 91906

June 4:             Pauma Valley School, 33158 Cole Grade Rd., Pauma Valley, CA 92061

June 5:             San Diego County Library, 3407 Hwy 78, Julian, CA 92036

June 6:             CAL FIRE Monte Vista HQ, 2249 Jamacha Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019

COVID-19 testing is now more widely available in the region. Testing options include calling your doctor or medical provider to schedule an appointment, signing up on the state website or calling 2-1-1.

COVID-19 Testing, Cases and Deaths

Testing:

  • 3,655 tests were reported to the County on May 31 and 73 or 2% were positive.
  • 2.9% was yesterday’s 14-day, rolling average percentage of positive tests.

Cases:

  • 73 new cases were reported for a San Diego County total of 7,554.
  • 1,331 or 17.6% of the total cases have required hospitalization.
  • 385 or 5.1% of all cases had to be admitted to the intensive care unit.

Deaths:

  • No COVID-19 deaths were reported today, and the region’s total remains at 269.

The number of active outbreaks, deaths and cases are:

  • 79 active outbreaks; 54 at congregate living facilities and 25 in community settings.
  • 1,549 cases, including 135 deaths in congregate living facilities.
  • 340 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. An interactive dashboard with several COVID-19 indicators is being updated daily. For more information, visit coronavirus-sd.com.

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