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

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Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Feb. 1, 2021.

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 42.5 cases per 100,000 residents and the region is in Purple Tier or Tier 1.
  • The testing positivity percentage is 10.5%, placing the County in Tier 1 or the Purple Tier.
  • The County’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 14% 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. 9.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Four community outbreaks were confirmed Feb. 1: three in business settings and one in a distribution warehouse setting.
  • In the past seven days (Jan. 26 through Feb. 1), 57 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:

  • 9,955 tests were reported to the County on Feb. 1, and the percentage of new positive cases was 9%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 8%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 18,691.
  • 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 are also urged to get tested.

Cases, Hospitalizations and ICU Admissions:

  • 926 cases were reported to the County on Feb. 1. The last time a daily case total was under 1,000 was Nov. 29 when 959 cases were reported. The region’s total is now 240,050.
  • 10,255 or 4.3% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,464 or 0.6% of all cases and 14.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Deaths:

  • 10 new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 1. The region’s total is 2,629.
  • Seven men and three women died between Jan. 17 and Jan. 30.
  • Of the 10 new deaths reported that day, four people who died were 80 years or older, five people were in their 70s and one person was in their 60s.
  • 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.

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