San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 12-14-2020

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San Diego County today received a shipment of the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. The initial doses will be distributed to local hospitals where they will be administered to frontline healthcare workers.

Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Dec. 13.

ICU Capacity and Stay Home Order:

  • The current ICU capacity for the Southern California region is now 2.7% 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:

  • One new community outbreak was confirmed on Dec. 13 in a daycare/preschool/childcare setting.
  • Four new community outbreaks were confirmed on Dec. 12: three in business settings and one in a distribution warehouse setting.
  • Three new community outbreaks were confirmed on Dec. 11: one in a business setting, one in a daycare/preschool/childcare setting and one in a healthcare setting.
  • In the past seven days (Dec. 7 through Dec. 13), 46 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.


  • 21,302 tests were reported to the County on Dec. 13, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 10%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 8.2%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 24,964.
  • 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.


  • 2,206 new cases were reported to the County on Dec 13. The region’s total is now 109,578.
  • 5,180 or 4.7% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,113 or 1.0% of all cases and 21.5% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • No new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Dec. 13. The region’s total is now 1,162.
  • Eleven new deaths were reported to the County on Dec. 12.
  • Five women and six men died between Dec. 2 and Dec. 10, and their ages ranged from early 60s to mid-90s.
  • Fourteen new deaths were reported to the County on Dec. 11.
  • Five women and 9 men died between Dec. 3 and Dec. 11, and their ages ranged from early 60s to late 90s.
  • 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