San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 11-06-2020

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Nov. 5.

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 7.4 per 100,000 residents and the region is in the first week of Purple Tier or Tier 1.
  • Should the rate continue to be above 7.0 cases per 100,000 residents for a second week, restaurants, gyms, churches, theaters and other locations will need to end indoor operations under state guidance.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 3.2%, placing it in Tier 3 or the Orange Tier.
  • The state’s health equity metric looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions.
  • The County’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 5.3%. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers but is required to advance.
  • The California Department of Public Health assesses counties on a weekly basis. The next report is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Five new community outbreaks were confirmed on Nov. 5: two in restaurant settings, one in a restaurant/bar setting, one in a hair/barbershop/nail salon setting and one in a business setting.
  • In the past seven days (Oct. 30 through Nov. 5), 27 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.


  • 13,079 tests were reported to the County on Nov. 5, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 4%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3.2%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 12,164.
  • 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.


  • 480 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Nov. 5. The region’s total is now 59,116.
  • 4,014 or 6.8% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 924 or 1.6% of all cases and 23% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Three new deaths were reported in the County on Nov. 5. The region’s total is now 907.
  • Two men and one woman died between Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. Their ages ranged from early 70s to early 90s.
  • 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