San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 10-2-2020

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Oct. 1.

New State Metrics:

  • Under the new state monitoring metrics, San Diego County is currently in Tier 2, also referred to as the Red Tier.
  • San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.7. The testing positivity percentage is 3.5%.
  • The California Department of Public Health will assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Two new community outbreaks were confirmed on Oct. 1: one in a hair salon/barbershop and one in a hotel/resort/spa.
  • In the past seven days (Sept. 17 through Sept. 23), 28 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. ​


  • 9,216 tests were reported to the County on Oct. 1 and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 3%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 9,301.
  • People with and without symptoms who are at higher risk for COVID-19 should be tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who had close contact to a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted.


  • 306 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Oct. 1. The region’s total is now 47,791.
  • Three of the 306 new cases, and two new probable cases, are connected to San Diego State University. In addition, 4 previously reported cases are now being associated with SDSU. The total number of cases connected to SDSU students is here.
  • 3,554 or 7.4% of cases have required hospitalization through Oct. 1.
  • 829 or 1.7% of all cases and 23.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Two new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on Oct. 1. The region’s total is now 794.
  • Two men died Sept. 26 and Sept. 29, and their ages ranged from mid-50s to mid-80s.
  • Both had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s website will be updated around 5 p.m. today.

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