San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 12-10-2020


Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Dec. 9.

ICU Capacity and Stay Home Order:

  • The current ICU capacity for the Southern California region is now 7.7% and will be updated by the state daily.
  • The Regional Stay Home Order is now in effect and prohibits gatherings of any size with people from other households and adds restrictions for multiple sectors.
  • The order will last for at least three weeks or until the region’s ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. The order will be assessed by the state after the three-week period.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Thirteen new community outbreaks were confirmed on Dec. 9: six in business settings, three in faith-based agency settings, and one each in a daycare/preschool/childcare setting, a TK-12 school, a construction setting, and a restaurant setting.
  • In the past seven days (Dec. 3. through Dec. 9), 68 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.


  • 28,814 tests were reported to the County on Dec. 9, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 7%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 7.7%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 24,739.
  • 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.


  • 2,050 new cases were reported to the County on Dec 9. The region’s total is now 99,599.
  • 5,026 or 5.0% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,094 or 1.1% of all cases and 21.8% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.
  • COVID-19 case rate map shows how local cities and communities are being impacted by the virus.


  • Eleven new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Dec. 9. The region’s total is now 1,114.
  • Eight women and three men died between Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, and their ages ranged from early 70s to late 80s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

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


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