San Diego County hits fourth straight day under state watch list – 10News

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – For the fourth day in a row, San Diego County public health authorities Saturday reported a case rate of less than 100 favorable COVID-19 tests per 100,000 people, nevertheless, the state said it will have to review data before eliminating the county from its tracking list
Formerly, county and state officials had actually said if the rate remains listed below 100 per 100,000 people– it was 94.7 Saturday– for three successive days, the county would officially be eliminated from that list. After an extra 14 successive days below that number, K-12 schools could possibly reopen for in-person teaching, depending upon specific school district metrics.
In addition, 48 primary schools have filed waivers with the county to return to school early.
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That timeline is now unsure, as is the timeline of reopening specific companies for indoor operations.
As the county waits for more assistance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, public health officials reported 279 new COVID-19 cases and 4 brand-new deaths Friday, raising the countys totals to 34,344 cases and 626 deaths.
One lady and three guys died in between July 5 and Aug, 13, and their ages ranged from the late 50s to late 80s. All had underlying medical conditions.
Of the deaths reported thus far during the pandemic, 96% had some underlying medical condition. According to Dr. Wilma Wooten, the countys public health officer, the leading underlying causes, which assisted add to the deaths, were high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia/Alzheimers and persistent kidney disease.
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Of the 11,268 tests reported Friday, 2% returned favorable, maintaining the 14-day favorable screening rate at 4.3%, well listed below the states target of 8% or less. The 7-day rolling average of tests is 7,944 day-to-day.
While signs look favorable for the region, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher alerted county locals versus getting complacent.
” We are seeing progress, however we are in the middle of a marathon, not a sprint to the finish line right in front of us,” he said. “Our goal is not just to have the rate of cases fall listed below 100 per 100,000, however to keep it there.”
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Of the overall positive cases in the county, 2,835– or 8.3%– have actually required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 710– or 2.1%– were confessed to an intensive care system.
County health authorities likewise reported two neighborhood break outs Friday, bringing the number of break outs in the previous week to 25.
The most recent break outs were reported in a circulation storage facility and one in a health care setting, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.
The number of community break outs stays well above the countys objective of less than 7 in a seven-day span. A community setting outbreak is specified as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in individuals of different homes in the past 14 days.
Latinos are still disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, with that ethnic group representing 61.3% of all hospitalizations and 45.4% of all deaths due to the illness. Latinos make up about 35% of San Diego Countys population.
A new COVID-19 screening site began running Wednesday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry PedEast crossing, and County Supervisor Greg Cox mentioned its instant success and need for it.
The free screening website will run from 6:30 a.m. to midday Monday through Friday and will focus on testing american residents and necessary workers who reside in Tijuana, according to San Diego County health officials.
No visits are necessary at the walk-up site, which aims to provide about 200 tests daily. Individuals getting evaluated will not be asked about their immigration status or who lives with them, health authorities said.
” We understand that neighborhoods in South Bay have actually been struck the hardest by COVID-19,” said Wooten. “The place was selected because of the increase in cases in the region and the number of people, especially essential employees who cross daily.”