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Coronavirus Cases Grow in North County Inland Communities

Communities across San Diego county are seeing rapidly growing cases of the coronavirus

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A high number of COVID-19 cases are coming from several North County inland communities. In the last two weeks, San Marcos saw a surge from 94 to 205 cases.

While businesses are trying to get back to business as usual, some people think things should slow down.

County public health numbers analyzed by NBC 7 show coronavirus cases rising at a fast rate in San Marcos, Vista and Fallbrook.

This data is not a full representation of cases. Totals are based on patients' resident zip code, and are not a representation of where someone contracted COVID-19. Because not every single resident is tested regularly, officials with the County Health and Human Services Agency say the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the county is likely much higher than the reported total.

While some residents tell NBC 7 they feel as if there is a false sense of security because many North County Inland communities are so spread out, others are trying to be mindful.

“I think it’s critical to protect vulnerable populations and we're starting to learn more and more about who is exactly affected,” said Judy Poole.

Coronavirus Deaths in Your City and State — and Across the US

These charts use daily coronavirus death data from Johns Hopkins University to show the seven-day moving average of deaths at the city, state and country level.

The impact of coronavirus varies enormously in the United States from one place to another.

Source: Johns Hopkins University. Data for San Diego also includes Imperial County.
Credit: Visuals by Amy O’Kruk/NBC, data analysis by Ron Campbell/NBC

At long-standing Green Thumb Nursery in San Marcos face masks are required, and that's not the only thing that has changed.

“We had a few having to leave because family members are at risk,” said Poole, an employee at Green Thumb Nursery for 13 years.

Poole says she's doing her best to encourage others to plant a garden and to also cover their face.

“We’ve had a couple of incidents where customers don't like to wear the masks,” said Poole with a chuckle. “But, we get it, we don't like it either, it’s difficult to work in one.”

County health leaders say there’s no one reason why there are spikes in different communities.

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