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Latest Coronavirus Impacts: 57 COVID-19 Deaths Reported in 1 Week

Here's what you need to know about the spread of the coronavirus in San Diego County, including how many cases have been reported and the latest updates from local health officials

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Note: As of June 15, local health officials are no longer holding weekly coronavirus news briefings but will continue to update the county website daily. NBC 7 will continue to update this article with the latest numbers at least once a week.

What to Know for Sept. 15

  • San Diego County public health officials reported 742 additional COVID-19 cases locally (with data through Sept. 14, 2021)
  • Fifty-seven COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County the past week, the highest weekly total during the current surge
  • The COVID-related death toll in San Diego County now stands at 3,983 since the start of the pandemic (with data through Sept. 14, 2021)

Officials say as a county, San Diego is doing well, compared to others, since more than 80% of eligible residents have received their first dose, reports NBC 7's Dana Griffin.

The coronavirus pandemic reached San Diego County in mid-March 2020. Local health officials continue to provide updates on the spread of the novel coronavirus in our region. We will bring you the latest news here, every week, as often as we can. You can count on us.

COVID-19 Patients in San Diego County

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials have reported 346,934 positive COVID-19 cases and 3,983 deaths since Feb. 14, 2020 (with latest data through Sept. 14, 2021).

Since the county's first coronavirus-related shut down in March 2020, San Diego has been through COVID surges, a second stay-at-home under, California's now-defunct color-coded COVID-19 tier system (we hit all the colors: purple, red, orange, yellow), and another surge in the summer of 2021.

The coronavirus vaccine arrived in San Diego County in mid-December 2020. The spring of 2021 brought a downward trend in cases and, by June 15, California -- including San Diego County -- was able to fully reopen and get retire the tiered system, meaning the lifting of most pandemic-related restrictions.

Business owners are rejoicing now that California has lifted COVID-19 restrictions to allow them to have a larger capacity at their establishments. NBC 7’s Lauren Coronado speaks with a North Park business owner on how that'll impact his eatery.

But the pandemic is far from over -- COVID-19 hasn't taken its last victim and many San Diegans are still suffering from its physical and emotional impacts, not to mention the effects of months of economic downturn.

The county continues to test and vaccinate thousands of citizens every day as part of its effort to flatten the curve and advance through the state's tiered reopening blueprint.

Helpful Data: Post-June 15 in San Diego County, County vaccination demographics; Map of case rates by city and ZIP; COVID-19 case totals by age and gender; Map of case totals by city of residence; Case totals by race/ethnicity; Tests reported by day; Statistics regarding hospitalized patients; Statistics regarding deceased patients.

To catch up on what happened in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic in August 2021 (and July 2021), read this.


Here is San Diego County's Public Health Order, as of June 15, 2021.


Coronavirus in San Diego County: September 2021 Updates

San Diego County public health officials release daily COVID-19 data here. NBC 7 will continue to update this article weekly (and as often as we can).

Sept. 15
Cases & Deaths: San Diego County health officials reported an additional 742 COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's total to 346,934. San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents was 33.6 overall; this broke down to 13.9 cases per 100,000 people for fully vaccinated locals and 59.3 cases per 100,000 people for not fully vaccinated San Diegans. Local health officials reported 57 new COVID-related deaths in one week -- from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14.

This was the highest weekly total during this current surge of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the county, that number is more than triple the 18 new COVID-19 deaths that were reported the previous seven days and higher than the 49 announced the week before that.

The new deaths occurred between Aug. 19 and Sept. 13, and 11 (or 19%) of the 57 people who died were fully vaccinated. Here's the breakdown of those numbers from the county:

  • 34 men, 23 women
  • 54 had underlying medical conditions
  • 15 of the locals who died were 80 years of age or older
  • 11 were in their 70s
  • 22 were in their 60s
  • 4 were in their 50s
  • 2 were in their 40s
  • 3 were in their 30s
  • A total of 3,983 San Diegans have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in mid-February 2020.

Vaccines in San Diego: San Diego County public health officials released weekly data on Sept. 15 outlining where COVID-19 vaccinations stand in the region. Here's that breakdown:

  • 2,162,892 San Diego residents -- or 77.2% -- are fully vaccinated, either with both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or with the one-dose J&J vaccine
  • 2,441,228 San Diego residents -- or 87.1% -- have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine
City leaders will consider COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees during Wednesday's Imperial Beach City Council meeting, reports NBC 7's Melissa Adan.

Sept. 13
Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported 593 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's tally to 346,205 (with data through Sept. 13). Another five coronavirus-related deaths were tallied, bringing that toll to 3,966 in San Diego County since the start of the pandemic.

Case Rate: Out of 19,770 coronavirus tests, the county said the positivity rate was 4.6%.

A health-care expert tells NBC 7's Lauren Coronado that he believes the peak of the delta surge is behind us.

Sept. 10
Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported 1,031 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county total to 343,173. A total of 26,271 coronavirus tests were reported to the county on Sept. 9; the percent of new positive cases is 5.2%. The county reported 12 new COVID-related deaths, bringing the total to 3,941.

George McLaughlin, 58, died of COVID-19 on Sept 3, reports NBC 7's Melissa Adan.

Sept. 9
Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported an additional 720 COVID-19 cases, which brought the tally to 342,149. The county reported three new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the region's toll to 3,929. A total of 21,758 tests were reported to the county on Sept. 8, and the percentage of new positive cases was 3.3%.

Hospitalizations: The number of county residents hospitalized with the virus decreased to 581, down 12 from Sept. 8, according to state data. The number of COVID patients in local intensive care units increased by one to 180.

NBC 7's Priya Sridhar breaks down President Biden's new plans for fighting COVID, and heard from a public health expert about the policy's impact on the community.

Sept. 8
Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported an additional 738 COVID-19 cases, which brought the tally to 341,437. The county reported 18 new coronavirus-related deaths (since the last report on Sept. 1), bringing the region's toll to 3,926.

Case Rate: A total of 16,451 tests were reported to the county on Sept. 7, and the percentage of new positive cases was 4.5%. San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 37.1 overall; 17.7 for fully vaccinated people and 61.9 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.

City code enforcement teams have hit the streets to serve businesses with violations for out-of-compliance outdoor dining setups.

Vaccination Progress in San Diego County: San Diego County released its weekly data on COVID-19 vaccination rates. Here are those latest stats:

  • About 2.42 million, or 86.5%, of San Diego residents who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine (age 12 and older) are partially vaccinated, meaning they have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Sept. 7, 2021.
  • Over 2.13 million, or 76.1%, of San Diego residents are fully vaccinated (with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or the one-dose-only J&J vaccine.
  • To date, 115.3% of the goal population had received at least one dose of the vaccine; 101.5% are fully vaccinated.

Sept. 7 (California Updates)
California COVID-19 Updates:
As of Sept. 7, 2021, the California Department of Public Health said these were the most recent stats on COVID-19 statewide:

  • As of Sept. 7, California had confirmed 4,307,960 cases of COVID-19 (reporting of test results may be delayed, so state health officials said this may not represent true day-over-day change)
  • The CDPH said there were 7,523 new coronavirus cases reported statewide on Sept. 6, 2021
  • Case Rate Among Vaccinated Californians: 10.77 per 100,000 people, per day
  • Case Rate Among Unvaccinated Californians (age 16 and older): 61.55 per 100,000 people, per day
  • COVID-Related Deaths in California: 66,030 coronavirus-related deaths statewide since the start of the pandemic
  • COVID Vaccines in California: As of Sept. 7, the CDC reports that 81.2% of eligible Californians have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDPH said providers have reported a total of 47,444,715 vaccine doses have been administered statewide (Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed)
  • COVID-19 Testing in California: The CDPH said there had been 84,736,996 coronavirus tests conducted in California since the start of the pandemic. This tally includes an increase of 324,150 during the prior 24-hour reporting period as of the Sept. 7 release of this data.

Sept. 6
Cases & Deaths:
Factoring in data through Sept. 5, 2021, San Diego County public health officials added 814 COVID-19 cases to the local tally, bringing the total to 340,222 coronavirus cases in our region since public health officials began tracking the cases back in mid-February 2020. The county also reported eight more COVID-related deaths, bringing that toll to 3,922.

Case Rate: As of Sept. 5, San Diego County public health officials reported this COVID-19 case rate among vaccinated and unvaccinated locals: 15 coronavirus cases per 100,000 San Diegans among the vaccinated; 68 coronavirus cases per 100,000 San Diegans among the unvaccinated.

Labor Day 2021: More than a year-and-a-half into the coronavirus pandemic, many San Diegans celebrated Labor Day on local beaches with extra gratitude on Sept. 6, 2021.

NBC 7's Artie Ojeda checked out the beach scene in Carlsbad and heard from San Diegans who said the holiday offered time to reflect.
San Diego beaches are filling up for Labor Day weekend as locals and tourists enjoy what they missed out on in 2020 while following COVID precautions. NBC 7's Kelvin Henry is Mission Beach with more.

UC San Diego Health Sees Resurgence of COVID Cases in Employees: With the rise in breakthrough COVID cases amid the surge of the Delta variant nationwide, even vaccinated workers at UC San Diego health weren’t spared. The hospital system saw a significant increase in infections from June 2021 to July 2021, even though more than 80% of its employees are fully vaccinated. Read that full story below:

COVID-19 cases among UC San Diego Health employees rose through the summer, with the majority occurring among vaccinated people. NBC 7's Mari Payton has the story.

Sept. 1
Deaths Nearly Double: San Diego County health officials said deaths nearly double this past week. Forty-nine COVID-19 deaths were reported in the past seven days (Aug. 25-31), nearly double the 25 reported the week before (Aug. 18-24).

The newly reported deaths include 37 men and 12 women. Most of the deaths occurred in late August. Forty-one had underlying medical conditions, four did not and four had medical history pending, the county reported.

According to the county health department, a total of 49 COVID-19 deaths were reported last week. That's nearly double the week before, reports NBC 7's Rory Devine

Of the 49 deaths, 12 were 80 years of age or older, 13 were in their 70s, 12 were in their 60s, seven were in their 50s and five were in their 40s, the county reported.

“These deaths are very tragic because they could have been prevented,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, County public health officer. “We now have very safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19. These deaths should not have occurred.”

The region's total is now at 3,908 total deaths.

Vaccine Progress: The county saw a slight uptick in vaccinations after the FDA gave full approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23. The county said an average of 3,749 San Diegans got their first doses daily between Aug. 23 and Aug. 28. In comparison, an average of 3,651 people received their first shot between Aug. 17 and Aug. 22.

According to county data, 75.4%. of San Diegans are fully vaccinated.

Cases: A total of 949 COVID-19 cases were reported to the County on Aug. 31. The region’s total is now 335,302. San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 38.7 overall, 15.2 for fully vaccinated people and 68.0 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.


The Coronavirus Pandemic in San Diego County, Month by Month

For a look back at what happened in August 2021 and July 2021 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a look back at what happened day by day in June 2021 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a look back at what happened day by day in May 2021 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a look back at what happened day by day in April 2021 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a look back at what happened day by day in March 2021 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a look back at what happened day by day in February 2021 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a full look back at what happened day by day in January 2021 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a look back at what happened in San Diego County in December 2020, click here.

For a look back at what happened in San Diego County in November 2020, click here.

For a look back at what happened in San Diego County in October 2020, click here.

For a look back at what happened in San Diego County in September 2020, click here.

For day-by-day look back at everything that happened in August 2020 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

For a look back at July 2020 in San Diego County during the pandemic, click here.

To read about what happened in June 2020 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

To read what happened in May 2020, a month that county leaders called a month of "adaptation" for San Diego County in the fight against the novel coronavirus, click here.

To read what happened in April 2020, a month that county leaders called "critical" for flattening the curve, click here.

To look back at what happened in March 2020 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.


Mid-March 2020: The Coronavirus Pandemic Reaches San Diego County

A lot happened in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic reached San Diego County and COVID-19 cases surged.

This included quarantine operations at a 151-room Ramada hotel in Kearny Mesa that was chosen to house quarantined patients held at MCAS Miramar (March 18).

More than 480 passengers from a coronavirus-ridden cruise ship that docked at the Port of Oakland were flown to MCAS Miramar March 10 to March 12 to complete a mandatory 14-day federal quarantine. On March 27, Dr. Eric McDonald, Medical Director with the County Epidemiology Immunization Branch said all but three of the passengers had returned home after 14-days of quarantine, including those who had been at the Ramada Hotel.

Training Support Command at Naval Base San Diego was temporarily closed on March 14 due to three Sailors testing positive for COVID-19.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the stay-at-home order and, soon, the springtime shutdown across San Diego County began.

Schools Shut Down
On March 13, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten shut down the second-largest school district in California. All other school districts in San Diego County followed suit. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy closed all schools within the San Diego Catholic Diocese, too.

We later learned schools across the state would be closed for the remainder of the academic year.

Local colleges and universities also canceled classes and events and moved their operations online. This included: UC San Diego; San Diego State University; California State University San Marcos; Point Loma Nazarene University; University of San Diego; San Diego Community College District; Southwestern College; Palomar College; Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Landmarks Shutter, Events Canceled
San Diego’s biggest tourist attractions, landmarks and events closed or were canceled. Local casinos followed, as well as gyms and fitness centers.

Church Services Canceled
As gatherings were banned, all daily and Sunday masses in the San Diego Catholic Diocese were canceled. Rock Church San Diego services were also canceled and moved to streaming online.

Beaches & Parks Closed
On March 23, San Diego’s beaches, parks, boardwalks, and other open spaces across the county were ordered to close to restrict gatherings over 10 people prohibited by state and local laws.

Restaurant Dinings Rooms & Bars Close
Bars and restaurant dining rooms were ordered to close in March, too. Shopping malls closed. Some retailers – like clothing stores Urban Outfitters and Brandy Melville USA – temporarily closed their stores, and more would follow.

Sports, On Hold
Sports agencies – both college-level and professional – suspended their games and seasons. MLB’s Opening Day – including the San Diego Padres big Home Opener at Petco Park – were scrapped, but in June, the MLB made plans to return to the field, without fans. The 2020 MLB season will return in late July.


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San Diego County would like to remind everyone if you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240.

Pitching in During the Pandemic: Stories of San Diegans Doing Good: Read more stories about San Diegans finding creative ways to lend support. Have you heard about a story we should share? Let us know

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