Tracking the coronavirus in San Diego County

Tracking the coronavirus in San Diego County

275,368
confirmed cases
3,674
deaths
52.7%
of residents are at least partially vaccinated
Tier 3
  • Virus transmission in San Diego County is rated as moderate by the governor's reopening regime, which places the area in Tier 3 and allows some businesses to open with modifications.
  • Over the past seven days, the county has reported an average of 237.1 new cases per day, a 11.2% decrease from two weeks ago. Over that same period, there have been 7.3 deaths per day.
  • The number of hospitalizations is decreasing. There are now 169 patients with a confirmed case, a decrease from fourteen days ago.

The latest trends

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announces new cases and deaths each day, though bottlenecks in testing and reporting lags can introduce delays.

Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.

So far, 1 out of every 12 people in the county has tested positive. Over the past week, the county has averaged 237 new cases and 7.3 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 843.6 days.

Seven-day averages offer a more stable view of the trend than daily totals. On the cases chart, gray bars mark when errors in a state computer system delayed the tabulation of new cases.

State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. Over the last seven days, officials have reported 1,660 new cases, which amounts to 50 per 100,000 residents.

Mapping the cases

Cases have been reported in 110 of San Diego County's ZIP Codes.

Vaccines

So far, 52.7% of San Diego County residents have received at least one dose and 27.8% are fully vaccinated.

To date, 2,315,712 vaccine doses have been administered. Over the last seven days, an average of 28,861 doses per day have been given out.

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Hospitals and patients

There are now 169 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a change of -7.1% from two weeks ago. Of those, 59 are in an intensive care unit.

Separate data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show the number of COVID patients at each facility. This metric can be used to identify the places under the greatest strain. Here are the latest numbers for the seven-day period starting April 9.

The numbers above are daily averages over the latest seven-day reporting period. Total COVID patients include both adult and pediatric patients.

Officials closely monitor the number of beds open in intensive care units. There are currently 312 staffed and available beds in San Diego County according to the latest state data.

Separate data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show the load on each facility. During the seven-day period starting April 9, 16 hospitals in San Diego County were treating intensive care patients.

The numbers above are daily averages over the latest seven-day reporting period. Hospitals without an intensive care unit or that did not report having any staffed beds for the week are not included. Data about pediatric patients in intensive care is not available.

Track hospitals in California

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Nursing homes

Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 196 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in San Diego County that have reported COVID-19 cases.

The state last updated the list on April 21. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.

State prisons

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has faced criticism around its handling of recent surge in cases across its state facilities.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation The data do not include tallies from federal prisons, immigration detention facilities or local jails.

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Reopenings and restrictions

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening system classifies counties into four tiers based on metrics developed by state officials. Which tier a county falls in determines what can be reopened.

Tier 1

Widespread

Most nonessential indoor business operations are closed

Tier 2

Substantial

Some nonessential indoor business operations are closed

Tier 3

Moderate

Some business operations can open with modifications

Tier 4

Minimal

Most business operations can open with modifications

Officials have organized the state’s counties into five regions. Prior to Jan. 25th, if a region’s available percentage of intensive-care beds fell below 15%, stay-at-home orders were issued. The state halted the policy, citing improved conditions. The numbers continue to be monitored and were last updated on April 20.

The state is now using three statistics to judge counties. With some exceptions, metrics must surpass the benchmark for the next tier in order to loosen restrictions. However, other factors are considered and lower numbers do not immediately lead to a reduction in restrictions. The latest numbers, along with tier reassignments, are released each Tuesday.

The first measure is the adjusted case rate. It takes new cases in a recent seven-day period — excluding cases at prisons and jails — and adjusts for population. In some areas, that number is modified to account for the volume of testing. San Diego County's most recent adjusted case rate was 6.1.

The second metric is the positive test rate, which is the percentage of tests for the virus that come back positive. San Diego County's most recent positive test rate was 2.4%.

The third metric measures whether positive tests in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods have significantly exceeded a county's overall rate — a disparity that's been widespread during the pandemic. The statistic is known as the Healthy Places Index. San Diego County’s most recent score is 3.

Based on its current tier in the state framework, here’s what is allowed to open in San Diego County.

Tier 3: Moderate risk

Southern California region

The state lifted stay-at-home orders on Jan. 25.

  • Aquariums Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Bars (with no meals) Closed. County provides additional guidance if outdoor meals are provided
  • Breweries (with no meals) Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Cardrooms Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Carwashes Open with modifications
  • Child care Open with modifications
  • Cultural ceremonies Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity recommended
  • Day camps Open with modifications
  • Dine-in restaurants Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity or 200 people whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Distilleries (with no meals) Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Doctors and dentists Open with modifications
  • Family entertainment Open outdoors only with modifications for kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages. Open indoors with modifications for naturally distanced activities like bowling, climbing walls. Max 25% capacity
  • Food banks, gas stations and convenience stores Open with modifications
  • Gyms Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity. Indoor pools open. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Hair salons and barbershops Open indoors with modifications
  • Higher education Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity. Conduct student activities virtually when possible
  • Hotels for tourism and individual travel Open with modifications. Fitness centers max 25% capacity. Indoor pools open
  • K-12 schools Some schools have reopened in-person in the county with modifications
  • Landscapers Open with modifications
  • Libraries Open with modifications
  • Movie theaters Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity or 100 people whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Museums Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Nail salons Open indoors with modifications
  • Nonessential business offices Open indoors with modifications. Encourage working remotely
  • Pet groomers Open with modifications
  • Places of worship Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity recommended
  • Professional sports Can open outdoors only with modifications. Max capacity 33%, including suites. Max capacity of 67% with negative test result or proof of full vaccination. Suite max capacity 25%. In-state attendees only. Advanced reservations only. Restricted concessions and dining
  • Racetracks Open with modifications. Permanent venues with live audiences outdoors only. Max 20% capacity. Regional attendees only with reservations and assigned seating. In-seat concessions only.
  • Recreation Can open with modifications
  • Retailers Open with modifications
  • Shopping malls Open indoors with modifications. Closed common areas. Reduced capacity food courts
  • State and local government Open with modifications
  • Takeout restaurants Open with modifications
  • Tattoo parlors Open indoors with modifications
  • Theme parks Smaller parks open with modifications 25% capacity or 500 people, whichever is fewer. Outdoor attractions only in-county visitors only. Reservations or advance tickets required.
  • Wineries Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Zoos Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination

What's open where?

See how the governor has rated all 58 counties, and what that means for reopening, in our county reopening tracker.

School reopenings

In total, 49% of students in San Diego county have option to return to school. Look up a school district and its opening status for elementary, middle and high schools in the table below. Districts safety plans are hyperlinked where available.

Enrollment figures do not include charter schools that fall within district boundaries. California Department of Public Health. Times analysis.

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Unemployment

Shutdown orders have closed businesses and put thousands out of work. As parts of the economy reopen, some people have regained employment, though many remain jobless. The unemployment rate in San Diego County is 8%, lower than the state average.

Unemployment rate for all California counties
Bureau of Labor Statistics

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