What to Know for Feb. 26
- San Diego's Petco Park vaccination super station will once again close starting Saturday due to a nationwide shortage of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines
- A new appointment-only vaccination site opens on Sunday at the Copley-Price YMCA located at 4300 El Cajon Boulevard in City Heights
- San Diego County will begin vaccinating those in Phase 1B starting Saturday. That includes those in the education and childcare sectors, non-medical emergency first responders and the food and agriculture sectors
The coronavirus pandemic reached San Diego County in mid-March 2020. Each day, local health officials give us updates on the spread of the novel coronavirus in our region. We will bring you the latest news here, every day. You can count on us.
COVID-19 Patients in San Diego County
San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials have reported 259,644 positive COVID-19 cases and 3,271 deaths since Feb. 14, 2020.
After a holiday season case surge clamped nationwide hospital capacity and forced California under a second stay-at-home order, coronavirus case data in San Diego County is following a welcome downtrend.
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: 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.
February 2021 Updates
Vaccine Site Closure: San Diego's Petco Park vaccination super station will once again close starting Saturday due to a nationwide shortage of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, a county spokesperson confirmed to NBC 7.
The County spokesperson said the closure would last through Tuesday.
Second-dose appointments will be rescheduled automatically, the spokesperson said. Those impacted by the delays are advised to check their MyUCSDChart account or look for an email with details about their new appointment date.
Vaccine Site Opening: A new appointment-only vaccination site opens on Sunday at the Copley-Price YMCA located at 4300 El Cajon Boulevard in City Heights. The walk-up clinic is open Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Deaths: Eleven new COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb. 25. The region’s total is 3,271. Five women and six men died between Feb. 16 and Feb. 24. Of the 11 deaths reported Feb. 25, five people who died were 80 years or older, three were in their 70s, one was in their 60s and two were in their 50s. Ten had underlying medical conditions and one has medical history pending.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||259,644||3,271||29 in last 7 days|
Vaccines: CVS Pharmacies said it has 49,140 does of the Pfizer vaccine to distribute across 40 additional sites in California starting Feb. 25.
Deaths: Thirty new COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb. 24. The region’s total is 3,260. Twelve women and 18 men died between Jan. 14 and Feb. 24. Of the 30 deaths reported Feb. 24, 10 people who died were 80 years or older, nine were in their 70s, eight were in their 60s, one was in their 50s and two were in their 40s.
Twenty-seven had underlying medical conditions, two did not and one has medical history pending.
ICU Admissions, Hospitalizations: 13,095 or 5.1% of all cases have required hospitalization. 1,580 or 0.6% of all cases and 12.1% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||258,982||3,260||30 in last 7 days|
Vaccines: San Diego County will begin vaccinating those in Phase 1B, Tier 1 starting Saturday. That includes those in the education and childcare sectors, non-medical emergency first responders and the food and agriculture sectors, which opens the vaccination pool to another half-million San Diegans.
Because of the high number of people who will likely be seeking appointments, there will be considerable strain on the appointment and vaccination systems at first, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.
"There will not be half a million appointments available on Saturday or Sunday or Monday or for many weeks coming forward. So, we need folks to be patient," Fletcher said.
The county will set aside 12% of all vaccine doses for school personnel in order to get that group quickly immunized as schools reopen.
K-12 educators should expect appointment information from their individual schools or districts. Higher education and child care workers will be able to make appointments through the county-run website.
Law enforcement personnel will make appointments through their departments, who are partnering with Scripps Health for vaccinations. Other non-emergency responders and those in the food and agriculture sectors can go to the county website to schedule appointments.
More than 783,000 vaccine doses have been administered in San Diego County, a rate that County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher called "impressive" despite shortages that canceled thousands of appointments. One in five San Diegans have received their first dose and almost 68% of seniors are vaccinated, he added.
Cases, Deaths: There were 658 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 258,463 confirmed cases since Feb. 14, 2020. The number of new daily cases was the lowest it's been since November, the county said. There were 12 more deaths reported for a total of 3,230.
Vaccination Sites: The large vaccination super station at Petco Park reopened Tuesday following a four-day closure due to limited vaccine supply caused by a winter storm that halted shipment of about 50,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to the region. Only second-dose appointments were being honored, though. Read more here.
Two more smaller vaccination clinics will open this week. One in Otay Mesa opened on Tuesday and one in Lemon Grove will open on Sunday. Both will vaccinate about 500 people a day. Appointments must be made in advance.
California Relief Package: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package that will give at least $600 one-time payments to 5.7 million people while setting aside more than $2 billion in grants for struggling small businesses. Read more here.
Case rate: San Diego County's adjusted case rate -- a state metric used to determine a county's ability to reopen businesses -- continues to trend downward. On Tuesday, California officials measured San Diego County's case at 15, down from 22.2 the week prior. In order for the region to move into the less restrictive Red Tier, San Diego County must have a case rate less than 7.
SDUSD Reopening Plan: San Diego Unified school board member Richard Barrera said staff members are slated to return to campuses the week of April 5, with students at all grade levels returning the following week, dependent upon whether the county had returned to the red tier and vaccines being fully available to staffers.
Other District News
- The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District announced students will be able to return to in-person learning on April 19, and said the date will not change unless forced by law.
- The Encinitas Union Elementary School District announced it will reopen April 12. The K-6 district said students will return for in-person learning 5 days a week from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
The vaccination super station at Petco Park will reopen Tuesday after a temporary closure due to delays along the vaccine supply chain caused by severe weather elsewhere in the country, UC San Diego Health announced Monday afternoon.
Earlier in the afternoon, a San Diego County spokesperson said the closure would last through Tuesday because the site didn't get an expected shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. Later in the day the county reversed itself, however.
Second-dose appointments have been rescheduled automatically, the spokesperson said. Those impacted by the delays are advised to check their MyUCSDChart account or look for an email with details about their new appointment date.
Cases: County officials said 321 new cases of coronavirus had been reported, bringing the county to a total of 257,351 since the pandemic began last February
Sports: The State of California announced it will loosen restrictions regarding youth sports last week. However, a judge ruled no one can stop San Diego County sports teams from practicing and playing as long as they follow similar COVID-19 safety protocols as college and professional teams. That includes weekly COVID-19 testing.
Cases, deaths: The county reported a total of 517 positive COVID-19 cases on Feb. 20.
Deaths: Two new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 20. The region’s total is now 3,190.
Vaccines: The temporary closure of Petco Park's vaccination super station is extended into Monday as the East Coast faces harsh winter weather conditions that have affected San Diego County’s shipment.
Cases, deaths: The county reported a total of 711 positive COVID-19 cases. A total of 18,194 tests were reported to the county on Feb. 19, and the percentage of new positive cases was 4%.
Deaths: 19 new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 19. The region’s total is now 3,188.
Community Outbreaks: Three new community outbreaks were reported on Feb. 19, a total of 26 in the past 7 days.
The federal government announced it is ramping up efforts to get all delayed doses of COVID-19 vaccine to their destined locations by the end of next week.
“We have the mechanism in place to be able to administer all the doses we get in San Diego County,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “In the meantime, we’re asking San Diegans to be patient. As the delayed doses arrive, we will administer them to everyone who has an appointment and release new time slots.”
Youth sports competitions can resume next week in parts of California and could be back for a vast majority of the state by the end of March under a plan announced Friday by public health officials that clears the way for abbreviated spring versions of high school football, field hockey, gymnastics and water polo.
Deaths: Thirty-four new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 18. The region’s total is now 3,169.
Nineteen men and 15 women died between Dec. 25. and Feb. 18. Of the 34 deaths reported, 16 people who passed away were 80 years or older, six people were in their 70s, five were in their 60s, four were in their 50s, one was in their 40s and two were in their 30s. Thirty had underlying medical conditions, two did not and two had medical history pending
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||255,802||3,169||30 in last 7 days|
Appointment Cancelation: A County spokesperson told NBC 7 that the Petco Park vaccination Super Station is closing on Friday and Saturday. The closure may extend to Sunday and Monday depending on vaccine arrival. All scheduled appointments will be rescheduled via MyChart.
SDFD said late Wednesday that it was canceling all Thursday appointments at the Balboa Municipal Gym due to insufficient supply. The department said those who had their appointments canceled will receive a confirmation email, as well as a follow-up email with instructions for rescheduling.
Deaths: Thirty-six new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 17. The region’s total is now 3,135. Eleven women and 25 men died between Dec. 11. and Feb. 17. Of the 36 deaths reported today, 16 people who passed away were 80 years or older, seven people were in their 70s, eight were in their 60s and five were in their 50s. Thirty-three had underlying medical conditions and three had medical history pending.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||254,990||3,135||33 in last 7 days|
Vaccine Delays, Again: Severe winter storms across the U.S. are affecting shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine to San Diego and the county will likely need to shut down vaccination centers again, health officials said Wednesday. The appointment "pause" could start as early as Thursday. "A second set of delays is going to have a very significant impact on our system," Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. Read more here.
Meanwhile, the county's vaccination super station at Petco Park reopened after a three-day closure due to another delayed shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The reason for that delay was not known, but all appointments were rescheduled for next week. It is unclear how Wednesday's update will affect these appointments.
COVID-19 in California: Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to a $9.6 billion spending deal that will provide a new round of small business grants, $600 stimulus checks for low-income individuals and more housing assistance for farmworkers infected by the coronavirus. Read more here.
Vaccines: Fletcher said the county hopes by March San Diego County will begin vaccinating Phase 1B, Tier 1, which includes essential workers like teachers, law enforcement officers and food workers.
The county has administered 633,000 vaccines. About 17% of the local population has received their first shot and about 5% of the population has had both.
Cases, Deaths: There were 57 more deaths reported for a total of 3,099. There were 539 new COVID-19 cases reported for a total of 254,180.
Vaccinations: San Diego County has received a shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine whose delay last week led to supply shortages that forced at least one county-run vaccination site to shut down for days. The shipment of the Moderna vaccine was expected to arrive in San Diego County on Friday but was delayed for an unspecified reason. It finally arrived on Tuesday but what caused the delay remains unclear. The windfall led to the reopening of the Petco Park super station.
Case rates: County's updated adjusted case rate is 22.2 cases per 100K. San Diego has a 6.4 positivity rate over 7 days
Cases, deaths: 698 cases were reported to the county Feb. 15. The region’s total is now 253,641. Five new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Monday. The region’s total is now 3,042.
Vaccinations: San Diego's first vaccination super station at Petco Park was closed again Monday due to a shortage of vaccines. Public health officials said an expected shipment was delayed, forcing them to close the vaccination site until Tuesday. Other super stations had enough supply to last through at least Monday. Read more here.
San Diego Fire-Rescue, on the other hand, said they still have appointments available for the week. People over 65 and older can make appointments through the fire department's portal.
Cases, Deaths: There were 693 new COVID-19 cases reported in San Diego County for a total of 252,943 cases. No other data was updated on Monday due to the Presidents' Day holiday.
Cases, Deaths: There were 568 new COVID-19 cases reported by the county, a total of 252,250 since the pandemic first appeared in San Diego County. There were 28 deaths recorded on Saturday. Since February 2020, 3,037 San Diegans have been killed by the coronavirus.
Community outbreaks: Eight new community outbreaks were reported on Feb. 13, 62 in the past seven days.
Cases, deaths: Officials reported 891 new COVID-19 cases reported by the county, a total of 251,682 since the pandemic first appeared in San Diego County. There were 30 deaths recorded on Friday. Since February 2020, 3,009 San Diegans have been killed by the coronavirus.
Community outbreaks: Seven new community outbreaks were reported on Feb. 12, 64 in the past seven days.
Vaccination Super Station: A 5th vaccination super station opened in Del Mar. It is located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Jimmy Durante Boulevard. It's operating through a partnership with Scripps Health in order to provide up to 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine a day, based on supply.
Vaccine Supply: The county confirmed an expected delivery of Moderna vaccines did not arrive in San Diego on Friday as planned, which will lead to a delay in giving vaccinations and pausing confirmed appointments. For now, priority will be given to second dose appointments with doses the county currently has.
Individuals who were scheduled to receive their first dose of the vaccine may have to be rescheduled at a later time or date, depending on availability at each independent location.
Deaths: Twenty-four COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb. 11. The region’s total is 2,979. Fifteen men and nine women died between Jan. 14 and Feb. 11. Of the 24 new deaths reported today, nine people who passed away were 80 years or older, six people were in their 70s, seven people were in their 60s and two people were in their 50s. Twenty-three had underlying medical conditions and one had medical history pending.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||250,791||2,979||67 in last 7 days|
Vaccinations: With limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine in San Diego County, officials will prioritize appointments for people in need of their second dose -- all while increasing locations to receive the vaccine. This week, locations will open in Vista and Del Mar.
San Diego has administered 550,707 of the total available 651,450 doses of the vaccine. 3.3% of the population is vaccinated with both doses.
While the county is currently unable to offer vaccines to people in Phase 1B, Tier 1 -- educators, first responders and food and agriculture workers -- they are currently working on partnerships for vaccine sites for these specific groups.
Vaccines at CVS: Starting Friday, several CVS Pharmacies in San Diego County will have Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available by appointment only.
Help for Seniors: For seniors who do not have transportation to vaccine sites, the county is providing pick-up and drop-off directly to their homes. Additionally, the county has begun a program to provide in-home vaccinations to homebound seniors.
COVID-19 Strains: There are now 163 confirmed and 47 probable cases of the B.1.1.7 strain in San Diego County, though the strain hasn't been seen as frequently as experts had thought, Dr. Eric McDonald said, adding, "but it IS increasing."
Hospitalizations: Hospitalizations continue to trend downward but not as quickly as case statistics. "We will have to see where this goes, but we are hopeful that people continue to understand the actions that brought our case count down are the actions we need to continue our case counts going down," Fletcher said.
Deaths: In the last two days, more than 100 people have died from COVID-19 -- and more than 80% were seniors. “The vaccine getting in the arm of a senior can save their life. And that is why our focus is presently on senior citizens," Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||249,974||2,955||68 in last 7 days|
Vaccine Availability: Two San Diego County vaccine super stations run in conjunction with Sharp Health Care said a new shipment of vaccines has opened up hundreds of potential appointments this week. Those appointments are expected to fill up quickly. Click here for details.
Case Data: San Diego County reported its lowest daily positivity rate since well before the "second wave," or the extended case surge that began in November and peaked in the middle of the holiday season: 810 new cases out of 19,461 tests for a rate of 4%.
The 14-day daily positivity average, now at 6.5%, is falling fast from it's high of 14% in mid-January. It hovered around 2-3% in late summer after the first major surge.
Deaths: Fifty-one new deaths were reported. Death reports usually lag over the weekend and at the beginning of the week, so higher mid and late-week, single-day death reports aren't unusual.
County Hospitalizations: COVID-related hospitalizations are down 45% over the last 30 days, while COVID-related ICU admissions are down 24%.
Community Outbreaks: The county has not shown any progress in curbing community outbreaks. Nine new outbreaks were reported Wednesday for a total of 70 over the last seven days, which is the most over the last nine weeks.
The county will begin to consider changes to its public health order when there are less than seven outbreaks reported in a week's time, which hasn't happened since June.
San Diego announced a business loan program Tuesday aimed at helping owners adapt to changing restrictions and protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 3% interest loans ranging from $25,000 to $95,000 are for qualified businesses as part of the CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund. The money can be used to cover expenses such as furniture, safety equipment, website development and digital marketing.
The city's Economic Development Department is issuing the loans with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.
The non-forgivable, term loans are intended to help entrepreneurs adapt their business models to operating under pandemic restrictions while retaining or creating jobs. The city may only make RLF loans that are reasonably expected to be repaid in full.
With the number of cases of COVID-19 going down, some local families are hopeful that will bode well for the reopening schools. Some parents in Encinitas, however, fear it could be too little too late if they wait any longer and have started a petition to return full-time to classrooms.
Currently, students in the Encinitas Union School District are home two days a week doing virtual learning and go to school for in-person instruction two days a week. The petition is asking the district to open five days a week for in-person instruction and not wait until the county is out of the purple tier to do it.
Cases/deaths: Officials said that 789 new cases had been confirmed on Monday. The county said 32 new deaths were reported. To date, 2,853 San Diegans have lost their lives to the pandemic.
Case Rate: San Diego's unadjusted case rate -- a metric the state uses to determine the county's ability to reopen further -- was lower than last week but still much higher than the 7.0 needed to move to a less restrictive tier: 35.4
While at Petco Park Monday, not far from San Diego's first vaccination super station, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called San Diego a leader in maximizing vaccination efforts after touring the site.
"A third of the vaccines in this county [last week] have been administered just here at this site," Newsom said. "It gives you an example of the potency and power of scale in terms of efficient distribution and administration of the vaccine."
San Diego County, partnering with private health care organizations, has established a network of vaccination sites, including eight county-facilitated sites, two hospital sites, a mobile operation utilizing local first responders and four super sites able to administer about 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine a day.
But local leaders say supply shortages are hindering them from utilizing those sites to their full capacity, despite having enough staffing and the infrastructure to do so. The shortage is a problem statewide.
Cases, Deaths: San Diego County reported 698 cases on Monday, bringing the total to 247,262. No new deaths were reported.
Hospitalizations: Officials said there were 126 new hospitalizations for coronavirus reported on Sunday. There were 320 patients with COVID-19 in local ICUs, officials said.
Community outbreaks: Eight new community outbreaks were reported on Sunday, a total of 70 in the last seven days.
At-home vaccines for seniors: Starting Monday, the non-profit Serving Seniors and other community organizations will work together with the county's 211 information service to sign up homebound seniors for at-home vaccinations.
Cases, deaths: Officials said 1,230 new COVID-19 cases reported by the county, a total of 246,564 since the pandemic first appeared in San Diego County. There were 9 deaths recorded on Saturday. Since February 2020, 2,821 San Diegans have been killed by the coronavirus.
Community outbreaks: Ten new community outbreaks were reported on Feb. 6, 73 in the past seven days.
At-home vaccines for seniors: Starting Monday, the non profit Serving Seniors and other community organizations will work together with the county's 211 information service to sign up homebound seniors for at-home vaccinations.
Cases, deaths: Officials said 1,265 new COVID-19 cases reported by the county, a total of 245,334 since the pandemic first appeared in San Diego County. There were 35 deaths recorded on Friday. Since February 2020, 2,812 San Diegans have been killed by the coronavirus.
Community outbreaks: Ten new community outbreaks were reported on Feb. 5, 73 in the past seven days.
First Pediatric Death: San Diego County announced its first pediatric COVID-19 death. The patient was a 10-year-old boy with underlying medical conditions. More details here.
Indoor Worship Service: The Supreme Court ruled California can't bar indoor church services, set capacity limits. The justices said the state can cap indoor services at 25% of a building's capacity. The justices also declined to stop California from enforcing a ban put in place last summer on indoor singing and chanting. More details here.
Pilot Program: Starting Friday, the county will begin training community health workers to help vulnerable locals trying to secure those COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
County Supervisor Nora Vargas' office told NBC 7 Friday about 100 people are being trained on health and safety protocols, the online appointment system and other things that will help them help others in the community.
More info here.
Deaths: Thirty-nine new COVID-19 deaths were reported bringing the total to 2,777. Fifteen women and 24 men died. Of the 39 new deaths reported today, 21 people who died were 80 years or older, nine people were in their 70s, five people were in their 60s, two were in their 50s, one person was in their 40s and one person was a child. Thirty-seven had underlying medical conditions, one did not have any underlying conditions and one had medical history pending.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||244,069||2,777||68 in last 7 days|
Vaccinations: The COVID-19 Vaccination Super Station at Petco Park announced they have vaccinated more than 100,000 people since the site opened on Jan. 11.
County Supervisor Nora Vargas announced a plan to help boost vaccinations among these vulnerable communities. Starting Friday, trained community health workers will canvass food distribution sites and local grocery stores where they will provide information and support on how to make those COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Homeless Vaccine Distribution: San Diegans who are experiencing homelessness and are residing at the San Diego Convention Center emergency shelter received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the city of San Diego announced.
Residents who are at least 65 years old or in the county's phase 1B, tier 1 category received the Moderna vaccine on-site at the convention center.
SDSU Vaccine Site: San Diego State University opened a small-scale site on campus Thursday to immunize faculty, staff and students who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Deaths: Fifty-five new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Feb. 3. The region’s total is 2,738. Twenty-one women and 34 men died between Nov. 26 and Feb. 3.
Of the 55 new deaths reported that day, 22 people who died were 80 years or older, 14 people were in their 70s, 11 people were in their 60s, seven were in their 50s and one person was in their 40s. Fifty-four had underlying medical conditions and one had medical history pending.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||242,616||2,738||63 in last 7 days|
Vaccinations: San Diego County has the capability to vaccinate about 20,000 people a day now that 19 vaccination sites are open, but supply is still a problem, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. “Our efforts have now outpaced the supply of vaccines." For now, the county will be distributing about 10,000 doses a day until they are able to ramp up efforts.
Of the vaccination sites, four are major vaccination "Super Stations," eight are county-run "pods," four are partner "pods," and five are in rural areas being managed by San Diego County Fire. SDSU and UC San Diego are even hopping aboard vaccination efforts.
More than 357,000 doses have been administered. Only 58,549 people have received their first and second doses, accounting for 2% of the population.
Case Rate: San Diego County remains in the purple tier based on the state's monitoring metrics that determine how quickly counties can reopen. But, San Diego County's unadjusted case rate is trending downward from 89.8 on Jan 12 to 50.5 on Feb. 2. The case rate must fall below 7.0 before the county can be considered for more reopenings under the red tier. The red tier also requires the county's testing positivity percentage to fall below 8%. We're currently at 10.5%
Statewide: The number of new virus cases reported across the state was just over 12,000, the lowest daily figure since November. Hospital capacity is rising after plunging so low in December that overwhelmed facilities talked about rationing care. But “The chance for another surge in California is real," Dr. Mark Ghaly said. More here.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||241,018||2,683||60 in last 7 days|
Another Vaccination Super Station: San Diego County opened its fourth vaccination super station Tuesday. The newest site is at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa. More information here.
Deaths: Ten new COVID-19-related deaths were reported, pushing the county's total to 2,719. Sixty percent of those deaths (1,632) were reported between Nov. 28 and Jan. 31.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||240,050||2,629||57 in last 7 days|
PUSD Reopens In-Person Learning for Some Students:
After being in distance learning mode for many weeks, some Poway Unified School District students returned to in-person learning on Feb. 1. Elementary school students and special needs students are now able to learn in person at PUSD campuses through a hybrid model. The change is creating mixed feelings among parents. You can read about that here.
Case Data: The county's 14-day average daily positivity rate is down to 8.5% after peaking above 14% in mid-January.
Hospitalizations: The county has seen a 15% decrease in COVID-19-related hospitalizations over the last 30 days and an 11% decrease over the last week. COVID-19-related ICU admissions are following a similar trend, down 4% over 30 days and down 5% over the last week.
|Total (Since Feb. 2020)||239,124||2,619||57 in last 7 days|
Deaths are often under-reported following a weekend.
Coronavirus Pandemic: January 2021 Updates
Cases, deaths: Officials said 1,274 new COVID-19 cases reported by the county, a total of 238,042 since the pandemic first appeared in San Diego County. There were 16 deaths recorded on Saturday. Since February 2020, 2,619 San Diegans have been killed by the coronavirus.
Community outbreaks: Ten new community outbreaks were reported on Jan. 30, 56 in the past seven days.
Cases, deaths: Officials said 2,128 new COVID-19 cases reported by the county, a total of 236,768 since the pandemic first appeared in San Diego County. There were 32 deaths recorded on Friday. Since February 2020, 2,603 San Diegans have been killed by the coronavirus.
Community outbreaks: Five new community outbreaks were reported on Jan. 29, 57 in the past seven days.
Cases: Out of 25,922 tests reported, 1,637 COVID-19 positive cases were reported, a 6% positive rate.
Deaths: 31 deaths were reported on Jan. 23, bringing the total up to 2,375.
Community Setting Outbreaks: Eleven new outbreaks were reported on Saturday: In the last seven days, 45 outbreaks have been confirmed.
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.
The Coronavirus Pandemic in San Diego County, Month by Month
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.
To read what happened in April 2020, a month that county leaders called "critical" for flattening the curve, 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.
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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