San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 10-8-2020

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Oct. 7.

State Metrics:

  • Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in Tier 2, also referred to as the Red Tier.
  • San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 3.5%, the same as last week, and it’s in Tier 3 or the Orange Tier.
  • The state has implemented a health equity metric that looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions. The new metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers.
  • The County’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the Red Tier.
  • The California Department of Public Health will assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed on Oct. 7: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.
  • In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 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.


  • 10,915 tests were reported to the County on Oct. 7, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 3%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3.0%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 9,150.
  • 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.


  • 291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.
  • 3,646 or 7.4% of cases have required hospitalization through Oct. 7.
  • 849 or 1.7% of all cases and 23.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.
  • Four women and two men died between Sept. 4 and Oct. 7, and their ages ranged from late 40s to mid-70s.
  • All 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