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San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 1-19-2021

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Jan. 18.

ICU Capacity and Stay Home Order:

  • The current intensive care unit (ICU) bed availability for the Southern California region is 0.0% and will be updated by the state daily.
  • The Regional Stay Home Order is in effect and prohibits gatherings of any size with people from other households and adds restrictions for multiple sectors.
  • The order will last until the region’s ICU availability meets or exceeds 15%.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Seven new community outbreaks were confirmed on Jan. 18: three in TK-12 school settings, two in business settings, one in a government setting and one in a hotel/resort/spa setting.
  • No new community outbreaks were confirmed Jan 17.
  • Twelve community outbreaks were confirmed Jan. 16: five in daycare/preschool/childcare settings, two in business settings, two in government settings, one in an emergency services setting, one in a healthcare setting and one in a retail setting.
  • Seven community outbreaks were confirmed Jan. 15: three in business settings, two in emergency services settings, one in a residence and one in a restaurant setting.
  • In the past seven days (Jan. 12 through Jan. 18), 47 community outbreaks were confirmed.
  • The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
  • A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.

Testing:

  • 12,675 tests were reported to the County on Jan. 18, and the percentage of new positive cases was 20%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 12.1%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 24,333.
  • People at higher risk for COVID-19 who are with or without symptoms should be tested. People with any symptoms should get tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who have had close contact to a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted. Those recently returned from travel, or who participated in holiday gatherings, are also urged to get tested.

Cases:

  • 2,498 cases were reported to the County on Jan. 18. The region’s total is now 216,835.
  • 8,484 or 3.9% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,314 or 0.6% of all cases and 15.5% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Deaths:

  • Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Jan. 18. The region’s total is now 2,109.
  • Three women and three men died between Dec. 28 and Jan. 9.
  • Of the six new deaths reported, five people who passed away were 80 years or older and one person was in their 70s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.
  • No new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Jan. 17.
  • 38 new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Jan. 16.
  • 13 women and 25 men died between Dec. 29 and Jan. 15.
  • Of the 38 new deaths reported, 14 people who passed away were 80 years or older, 13 people were in their 70s, five people were in their 60s and six people were in their 50s.
  • 34 had underlying medical conditions and four had medical history pending.
  • 28 new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Jan. 15.
  • 14 women and 14 men died between Jan. 1 and Jan. 14.
  • Of the 28 new deaths reported, 12 people who passed away were 80 years or older, seven people were in their 70s, six people were in their 60s and three people were in their 50s.
  • 27 had underlying medical conditions and one had medical history pending.

More Information:

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

 

 

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