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San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 2-16-2021

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Feb. 15, 2021.

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 22.2 cases per 100,000 residents and the region is in Purple Tier or Tier 1.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 6.4%, placing the County in Tier 2 or the Red Tier. While the testing positivity rate for the County qualifies it for the Red Tier, the state uses the most restrictive metric – in this case the adjusted case rate – and assigns counties to that tier. Therefore, the County remains in the Purple Tier or Tier 1.
  • The County’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 9.7% and it’s in the Purple Tier or Tier 1. 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, Feb. 23.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • No new community outbreaks were confirmed Feb. 15.
  • One community outbreak was confirmed Feb. 14 in a business setting.
  • Eight community outbreaks were confirmed on Feb. 13: three in distribution warehouse settings, one in a business setting, one in an emergency services setting, one in a food/beverage processing setting, one in a government setting and one in a social club setting.
  • Seven community outbreaks were confirmed on Feb. 12: five in business settings, one in a health care setting and one in a TK-12 school setting.
  • In the past seven days (Feb. 9 through Feb 15), 49 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.

Testing:

  • 9,125 tests were reported to the County on Feb. 15, and the percentage of new positive cases was 8%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 5.6%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 16,071.
  • People at higher risk for COVID-19 who are with or without symptoms should be tested. People with any symptoms should get tested. Health care 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 are also urged to get tested.

Cases, Hospitalizations and ICU Admissions:

  • 698 cases were reported to the County on Feb. 15. The region’s total is now 253,641.
  • 12,162 or 4.8% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,555 or 0.6% of all cases and 12.8% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Deaths:

  • Five new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 15. The region’s total is now 3,042.
  • Two women and three men died between Dec. 20 and Jan. 29.
  • Of the five deaths reported today, one person who passed away was 80 years or older, two people were in their 70s and two people were in their 60s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.
  • No new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 14.
  • Twenty-eight COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb. 13. Twelve women and 16 men died between Dec. 27 and Feb. 12.
  • Of the 28 deaths reported that day, 15 people who passed away were 80 years or older, eight people were in their 70s, four people were in their 60s and one person was in their 50s.
  • Twenty-six had underlying medical conditions and two have medical history pending.
  • Thirty COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb. 12. Thirteen women and 17 men died between Aug. 14 and Feb. 12
  • Of the 30 new deaths reported that day, 16 people who passed away were 80 years or older, three people were in their 70s, five people were in their 60s, three people were in their 50s, two people were in their 40s and one person was in their 30s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

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

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