San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 12-24-2020

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Dec. 23.

ICU Capacity and Stay Home Order:

  • The current ICU capacity for the Southern California region is now 0.0% and will be updated by the state daily.
  • The Regional Stay Home Order is still 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:

  • Nine new community outbreaks were confirmed on Dec. 23: four in business settings, two in hotel/resort/spa settings, one in a healthcare setting, one in government setting and one in a restaurant/bar setting.
  • In the past seven days (Dec. 17 through Dec. 23), 45 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.


  • 30,045 tests were reported to the County on Dec. 23, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 8%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 9.7%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 28,999.
  • 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.


  • 2,259 new cases were reported to the County on Dec 23. The region’s total is now 136,955.
  • 5,563 or 4.1% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,168 or 0.9% of all cases and 21% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • 32 new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Dec. 23. The region’s total is now 1,382.
  • 17 men and 15 women died between Dec. 16 and Dec. 23, and their ages ranged from mid-40s to late 90s.
  • 29 had underlying medical conditions and one did not. Two have medical history pending.

More Information:

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


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