San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 11-17-2020

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Nov. 16.

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 10.7 cases per 100,000 residents and the region is in Purple Tier or Tier 1.
  • Indoor operations at restaurants, gyms, places of worship and movie theaters are not allowed.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 4.3%, placing it in Tier 3 or the Orange Tier.
  • The County’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 7.2% and it’s in the Red Tier or Tier 2. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers but is required to advance to a less restrictive tier.
  • The California Department of Public Health assesses counties on a weekly basis. The next report is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Three new community outbreaks were confirmed on Nov. 16: one in a business setting, one in a restaurant setting and one in a TK-12 school setting.
  • In the past seven days (Nov. 10 through Nov. 16), 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.


  • 15,514 tests were reported to the County on Nov. 16, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 5%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 4.4%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 15,569.
  • 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.


  • 718 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Nov. 16. The region’s total is now 66,319.
  • 4,236 or 6.4% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 967 or 1.5% of all cases and 22.8% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.
  • A new COVID-19 case rate map shows how local cities and communities are being impacted by the virus.


  • Seven new deaths were reported in the County on Nov. 16. The region’s total is now 933.
  • Four women and three men died between Nov. 7 and Nov. 15. Their ages ranged from mid-50s to mid-80s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s website is updated around 5 p.m. daily.

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