San Diegans Urged to Be Cautious About COVID-19 This Holiday Season

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If you’re planning to celebrate Thanksgiving or other holiday events with family and friends, make sure they’re all vaccinated or take other measures to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19.

County health officials says it’s fine to not use face masks at holiday gatherings provided everyone is vaccinated. The vaccine is the best protection there is against COVID-19.

“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving and other holiday events is to do it with people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “If you’re not sure whether someone is vaccinated, everyone should wear a mask and take other precautions to prevent getting sick and infecting others with COVID-19.”

Vaccination Progress:

  • Doses administered: Almost 5.55 million.
  • Received at least one shot: Over 2.64 million or 84.0% of San Diegans ages 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: Over 2.35 million or 74.7 %.
  • Boosters administered: 414,814.
  • More vaccination information can be found at


  • 24 new deaths were reported since the last report on Nov. 17, 2021. The region’s total is 4,325.
  • 15 men and nine women died between Sept. 17 and Nov. 19, 2021.
  • Nine were 80 years of age or older, six were in their 70s, five were in their 60s and four were in their 50s.
  • Eight of the people who died were fully vaccinated and 16 were not fully vaccinated.
  • 22 had underlying medical conditions and two did not.

Cases, Hospitalizations, Case Rates and Testing:

  • 403 COVID-19 cases were reported to the County on Nov. 23, 2021. The region’s total is now 382,450.
  • 3,197cases were reported in the past week (Nov. 17 through Nov. 23) compared to 3,117 cases identified the previous week (Nov. 10 through Nov. 16)
  • During the 30-day period between Oct. 12 to Nov. 10, there were 334 COVID-19 hospitalizations; 297 people were not fully vaccinated and 37 were fully vaccinated.
  • San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 14.2 overall, 8.6 for fully vaccinated people and 23.9 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.
  • 16,209 tests were reported to the County on Nov. 23, and the percentage of new positive cases was 2.5%.
  • The 14-day rolling percentage of positive cases among tests is 2.6%.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • 25 new community outbreaks were confirmed in the past seven days (Nov. 17 through Nov. 23): six in TK-12 grade school settings, six in business settings, four in daycare/preschool/childcare settings, two in government settings, two restaurant/bar settings, two in restaurant settings, one in a hotel/resort/spa setting, one in an after-school program setting and one in a distribution/warehouse setting.
  • The community outbreaks trigger is more than seven in a 7-day period.

More Information:

Data updates to the County’s website are published Monday through Friday around 5 p.m., with the exception of holidays. County offices will be closed Nov. 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving.


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