San Diego County

Latest Coronavirus Updates: County Reports 549 Cases, 29 Deaths

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

NBC Universal, Inc. The latest from county leaders, including details on local vaccination numbers.

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 Oct. 27

  • San Diego County reported 549 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 related deaths
  • Nearly 90.2% of eligible San Diegans 12 and older are partially vaccinated
  • Governor Gavin Newsom received his booster shot in San Fransisco

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 369,361 positive COVID-19 cases and 4,207 deaths since Feb. 14, 2020 (with latest data through Oct. 24, 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.

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.

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.

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 September 2021, read this.


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


Coronavirus in San Diego County: October 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).

Oct. 27:
Newsom Booster Shot: Gov. Gavin Newsom visited a Bay Area health clinic Wednesday morning to receive his booster shot and provided an update on statewide COVID-19 vaccinations as well as booster shots for those eligible.

Gov. Newsom is advising residents not to wait until the holiday season is over to receive their booster shot.

"We all remember what occurred last winter," he said in reference to the 2020 holiday spike in COVID-19 cases that got California to 6,000 cases. By late December last year, positive cases tripled reaching 54,000.

Cases, Case Rate: A total of 549 COVID-19 cases were reported on Oct. 26 bringing the region's total to 369,361.

In the past 30 days (Sept. 27 to Oct. 26), there were 288 COVID-19 hospitalizations; 273 people were not fully vaccinated and 15 were fully vaccinated.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 13.6 overall, 7.5 for fully vaccinated people and 23.1 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.

Deaths: Twenty-nine new deaths were reported since the last report on Oct. 20, 2021. The region’s total is 4,207. Twenty-one men and eight women between Feb. 10, 2021 and Oct. 26, 2021.

Two were 80 years of age or older, six were in their 70s, 12 were in their 60s, four were in their 50s and five were in their 40s. One of the people who died was fully vaccinated and 28 were not fully vaccinated.

Twenty-three had underlying medical conditions, three did not and three had medical history pending.

Oct. 26:
Boosters: COVID-19 vaccination boosters are now recommended and available for all who qualify in San Diego County, officials said.

The county's announcement follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's approval last week of booster shots for all three COVID-19 vaccines currently available. A time frame for when people should get the shot depends on which vaccine they received, according to the county.

"People should go with their past vaccine, when possible," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. "They all continue to be very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death, even against the Delta variant which is widely circulating."

According to the county, the CDC said the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after receiving two doses of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: those aged 65 and older, and people 18 or older who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions or work or live in high-risk settings.

According to the county, vaccine supplies are plentiful, both for people seeking initial doses, or boosters for those who meet the criteria.

Residents can get a booster shot through their medical provider, a retail pharmacy or a county-operated site. Additional booster eligibility details can be found at coronavirus-sd.com.

Oct. 25
Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported 420 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 virus-related deaths. The data brought the county's totals to 368,267 cases and 4,196 fatalities since the pandemic began.

Case Rate: A total of 20,973 tests were reported to the county over the past seven days (based on data through Oct. 24) and the percentage of new positive cases was 2.7%.

Oct. 20
FDA OKs Mixing & Matching: In a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign, regulators signed off on extending the COVID-19 booster to those who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson shot initially, and allowing the mixing and matching of booster doses.

the FDA authorized a third Moderna shot for seniors and others at high risk from COVID-19 because of their health problems, jobs or living conditions — six months after their last shot. One big change: Moderna’s booster will be half the dose that’s used for the first two shots, based on company data showing that was plenty to rev up immunity again.

For J&J’s single-shot vaccine, the FDA said all U.S. recipients, no matter their age, could get a second dose at least two months following their initial vaccination.

As for mixing and matching, the FDA said it's OK to use any brand for the booster regardless of which vaccination people got first. 

A CDC advisory panel will next discuss finalizing recommendations.

Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported 441 new cases of COVID-19 and eight virus-related deaths. The data brought the county's cumulative totals to 365,670 cases and 4,178 fatalities since the pandemic began.

A total of 16,255 tests were reported to the county and the percentage of new positive cases over the past week was 2.8%.

Hospitalizations: The number of COVID patients in county hospitals was 276, an increase of 17 from Tuesday, with 81 of them in intensive care -- one more than Tuesday -- according to the latest state figures.

Oct. 18
Cases & Deaths: As of Oct. 18, the county reported 275 new cases of COVID-19. The county's coronavirus total coronavirus cases reported grew to 364,912 cases and 4,169 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals on Monday was 266, an
increase of six from Sunday, with 81 of them in intensive care -- one more from
Sunday -- according to the latest state figures.

Case Rate: A total of 11,469 tests were reported to the county over the past seven days (based on data through Oct. 17) and the percentage of new positive cases was 2.7%.

Vaccinations: The latest statistics follow the San Diego County Health and Human
Services Agency recently reported that more than 2.2 million San Diegans -- or
about 80% of those eligible -- are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, making
San Diego among the most-vaccinated counties in the state and the nation.

More than 2.5 million people, or 89.2% of San Diego County residents
12 and older, are partially vaccinated.

Oct. 15
J&J Boosters: An FDA panel endorsed Johnson & Johnson boosters for adults at least two months after their first dose.

Cases & Deaths: The county reported 481 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new virus-related deaths Wednesday, bringing the county's cumulative totals to 363,644 cases and 4,149 deaths since the pandemic began.

Oct. 14
Vaccinations: San Diego County says 80% of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 -- a major milestone in the fight against the disease.

The percentage accounts for about 2,242,203 of the 2,802,581 San Diegans eligible to receive the vaccine -- anyone 12 and older, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported in its latest data.

The agency said this places San Diego among the most vaccinated counties in the state and the nation -- where about 66% of those 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Cases & Deaths: The county reported 333 new cases of COVID-19 and four new virus-related deaths Wednesday, bringing the county's cumulative totals to 362,618 cases and 4,141 deaths since the pandemic began.

A total of 37 new deaths were reported since the last report on Oct. 6, with 27 men and 10 women dying between Aug. 22 and Oct. 10. Seven were 80 years of age or older, nine were in their 70s, eight were in their 60s, six were in their 50s, five were in their 40s and two were in their 30s. Six of the people who died were fully vaccinated and 31 were not fully vaccinated. Thirty- five had underlying medical conditions, one did not, and one has medical history pending.

Case Rate: San Diego County's case rate per 100,000 residents is 15.4 overall, 8.3 for fully vaccinated people and 25.8 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.

Oct. 13
Cases & Deaths: Based on data through Oct. 12, San Diego County public health officials reported 333 new COVID-19 cases in the region, bringing our tally to 362,618 since the start of the pandemic. There were four new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the county's total to 4,141.

Case Rate: The county reported 15,149 coronavirus tests over the past seven days (based on data through Oct. 12), and the positivity rate was 2.9%.

Land Borders Reopening: The Biden administration says the United States will reopen land borders to nonessential travel next month. Here's what you should know.

NBC 7's Melissa Adan and Telemundo 20's Gilberto Dorrego have covered how the 19-month border closure has affected the local communities of the South Bay and Mexicali. The Biden administration's reopening announcement is welcome news.

Oct. 12
Cases & Deaths: Based on data through Oct. 11, San Diego County public health officials reported 580 new COVID-19 cases in the region, bringing our tally to 362,293 since the start of the pandemic. There were 11 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the county's total to 4,137.

Case Rate: The county reported 15,056 coronavirus tests over the past seven days (based on data through Oct. 11), and the positivity rate was 2.8%.

Oct. 11
Cases & Deaths: Based on data through Oct. 10, San Diego County public health officials reported 638 new COVID-19 cases in the region, bringing our tally to 361,719 since the start of the pandemic. There were 11 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the county's total to 4,124.

Case Rate: The county reported 15,056 coronavirus tests over the past seven days (based on data through Oct. 11), and the positivity rate was 2.8%.

Oct. 10
Cases & Deaths:
Based on data through Oct. 9, San Diego County public health officials reported 528 new COVID-19 cases in the region, bringing our tally to 361,039 since the start of the pandemic. There were no new coronavirus-related deaths, so that toll is still 4,113.

Case Rate: The county reported 18,921 coronavirus tests over the past seven days (based on data through Oct. 9), and the positivity rate was 3%.


Oct. 9
Hospitalizations: The number of COVID patients in county hospitals increased from 284 on Friday to 288 Saturday, with 85 of those patients in intensive care, up from 83 the day before, according to state figures.


Oct. 8
An unvaccinated woman is the first pregnant San Diego woman to die from COVID-19, county health officials said. The woman died earlier this week after being hospitalized, as did her unborn child, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) said.

Details regarding her age, name, or other details about her death and pregnancy are not being reported to protect her and her family's privacy.

An unvaccinated woman is the first pregnant San Diego woman to die from COVID-19, county health officials said. NBC 7's Allie Raffa has more.

Oct. 7
Pfizer Asks FDA to Authorize Its COVID Vaccine for Kids Ages 5 to 11: Pfizer and its German partner BioNtech said they had made a formal request to the Food and Drug Administration to extend emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11. The two-dose vaccine is already authorized in teens aged 12 to 15 and fully approved for ages 16 and up. If U.S. regulators agree, shots for the 5 to 11 set could begin within a matter of weeks.


Oct. 6
Vaccines in San Diego: San Diego County public health officials released weekly data on Oct. 6 charting the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations in the region. The data showed 79.4% of San Diego residents (or 2,226,510 locals) who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine are now fully vaccinated with both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the one-dose J&J vaccine. The county reported that 2,485,932 San Diego residents (or 88.7%) who are eligible for the vaccine have now gotten at least one dose of it.

Cases & Deaths: San Diego County reported 387 COVID-19 cases bringing the region's total to 359,537. In the past 30 days (Sept. 6 to Oct. 5), there were 293 COVID-19 hospitalizations; 285 people were not fully vaccinated and 8 were fully vaccinated.

Thirty-eight new deaths were reported since the last report on Sept. 29. The region’s total is 4,104. Twelve women and 26 men died between Aug. 9 and Oct. 3, 2021. Six were 80 years of age or older, nine were in their 70s, nine were in their 60s, seven were in their 50s and seven were in their 40s.

Eight of the people who died were fully vaccinated and 30 were not fully vaccinated. Thirty-three had underlying medical conditions and five had medical history pending.

Case Rate: San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 18.9 overall, 8.8 for fully vaccinated people and 33.4 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans. 22,455 tests were reported to the County on Oct. 5, and the percentage of new positive cases was 1.7%. The 14-day rolling percentage of positive cases among tests is 2.5%.


Oct. 5
Another Round of Golden State Stimulus Payments:
More eligible Californians were set to receive a Golden State Stimulus payment on Oct. 5. Here's who qualifies, and everything you need to know about the payment.

Cases & Deaths: Based on data through Oct. 3, San Diego public health officials reported another 390 COVID-19 cases, bringing our region's tally to 358,498. There were another 9 coronavirus-related deaths reported in San Diego County, so that toll is now at 4,090.

Case Rate: The county reported 24,966 coronavirus tests over the past seven days, for a positivity rate of 3.6%.

San Diego Creates $5M Legal Aid Fund For Renters Facing Eviction Amid Pandemic: The San Diego City Council approved Mayor Todd Gloria's proposal to establish a $5 million legal defense fund to help struggling tenants potentially facing eviction due to non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In less than a week, California’s eviction moratorium will end. On Monday, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria will outline a plan to help renters struggling in our region. NBC 7's Brooke Martell reports.

California COVID-19 Updates: The California Department of Public Health released its most recent stats on COVID-19 across the state on Oct. 5. Here’s how the numbers broke down:

  • Cases: To date, California has 4,519,467 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic reached the region in 2020 (these numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed). On Oct. 4, the state reported 3,752 newly confirmed cases
  • Average Case Rate Among Unvaccinated Californians: For the week of Sept. 19 through Sept. 25, the average number of COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated Californians age 16+ was 57.41 cases per 100,000 people, per day
  • Average Case Rate Among Vaccinated Californians: For the same time period, the average number of COVID-19 cases for vaccinated Californians age 16+ was only 7.12 cases per 100,000 people, per day.
  • The CDPH said there had been 94,221,400 coronavirus tests conducted in California, including 240,120 in the last 24-hour period. The state’s 7-day positivity rate was at 2.5%.
  • There have been 69,027 COVID-related deaths across California since the start of the pandemic.
  • As of Oct. 5, the CDC reported 84.5% of eligible Californians had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. You can see the state’s COVID-19 vaccine data here.

“The great majority of new cases are among unvaccinated individuals,” the CDPH said in its weekly press release on Oct. 5. “The rate among the unvaccinated is 8 times the rate among the vaccinated.”

You can see the CDPH’s data on COVID-19 cases among the vaccinated and unvaccinated in California here.


Oct. 4
Cases & Deaths: Based on data through Oct. 2, San Diego County public health officials reported an additional 343 COVID-19 cases in the region, bringing the tally to 358,126 since the pandemic began in mid-February 2020. The coronavirus-related death toll in San Diego County now stands at 4,081; no additional deaths were reported in the county's Oct. 2 data set.

Case Rate: The county reported an average of 25,134 coronavirus tests over the past seven days, for a positivity rate of 3.5%.

San Diego County is turning a corner on the pandemic as COVID-19 cases are at a decline. NBC 7's Melissa Adan shows us how people are feeling about this welcomed news.

Oct. 1
Cruise Ships (With Passengers) Return to Port of San Diego: After a lengthy pandemic-related pause, two cruise ships -- the Disney Wonder and Grand Princess -- on Oct. 1 became the first cruise ships, passengers and all, to sail in and out of the Port of San Diego since the pandemic put a halt to the industry back in spring 2020. With the return of cruise ships to our port, many hope a boost for local tourism and the economy will follow.

California to Require All Schoolchildren to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccination mandate for schoolchildren, a plan that will have all elementary through high school students get the shots once the vaccine gains final approval from the U.S. government for different age groups.

Cases & Deaths: NBC 7 will update you on the county's latest stats concerning local COVID-19 cases here as soon as that information is available.

After a long pandemic pause, cruise ships will sail once again from the Port of San Diego beginning Oct. 1, 2021. NBC 7's Audra Stafford reports.
While health and safety guidelines have been ever changing throughout the pandemic school districts have guidance on what to do if a student does begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms, reports NBC 7's Melissa Adan

Coronavirus in San Diego County: September 2021 Updates

From booster shots and vaccine mandates to so much more, here's a full look back at what happened in San Diego County during the pandemic in September 2021.

Here's a mini recap of the last few days of September, too:

Sept. 30
California's Eviction Moratorium Ends: California’s eviction moratorium ended on Sept. 30, 2021, which is making some renters nervous about the future. Still, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said it's not the end of aid for local tenants struggling from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC 7's Nicole Gomez shares what renters need to know about the end of California's eviction moratorium on Sept. 30, 2021.

Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported 572 additional cases of COVID-19 in our region (with data through Sept. 29), bringing the tally to 356,427 cases since the pandemic reached San Diego County in mid-February 2020. The county also reported 12 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing that toll to 4,078.

Case Rate: The county reported 23,770 coronavirus tests over the past seven days, for a positivity rate of 3.7%.


Sept. 29
Vaccinations in San Diego County: San Diego County public health officials released weekly data on Sept. 29 charting the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations in our region. Here are the latest stats:

  • 2,207,194 San Diego residents who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine -- or 78.8% of the eligible population -- are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (either with two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or with the one-dose J&J vaccine).
  • 2,470,817 San Diego residents eligible for the coronavirus vaccine -- or 88.2% -- are now partially vaccinated, with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • The county said a total of 4,766,911 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in San Diego County since the vaccine became available in our region in mid-December 2020.

Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported 515 new COVID-19 cases (based on data through Sept. 28), bringing the region's tally to 355,872. Another 12 COVID-related deaths were reported by the county, and that toll now stands at 4,066.

NBC 7's Melissa Adan breaks down the new rules, and the consequences for those who choose not to comply.

Case Rate: County public health officials reported 21,559 coronavirus tests over the past 7-day period, for a positivity rate of 3.2%. San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 21.9 overall, 10.3 for fully vaccinated people and 37.9 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations in San Diego County: Public health officials said that over the past 30 days – from Aug. 30 through Sept. 28 – there had been 378 coronavirus hospitalizations. Of those who were hospitalized, 370 people were not fully vaccinated and 8 were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Community Outbreaks: From Sept. 22 through Sept. 28, the county said 31 community outbreaks of COVID-19 were confirmed:

  • 18 in TK-12 grade school settings
  • 4 in business settings
  • 3 in daycare/preschool/childcare settings
  • 3 in government settings
  • 1 in an after-school program setting
  • 1 in a restaurant setting
  • 1 in an emergency services setting

Sept. 28
SDUSD Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: The San Diego Unified School District approved a mandate requiring all eligible staff, employees, contractors, partners and students to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20, 2021, with a phased approach for students of different age groups to follow the suggested mandate.

The decision was met with both support from some parents and opposition from others. Read all about the school district's vaccine mandate plan here.

NBC 7's Dave Summers breaks down the rules of the mandate after SDUSD's unanimous vote.
NBC 7's Dave Summers reports from district headquarters where protestors and supporters showed up to voice their opinions on a proposed vaccine mandate for students.

According to San Diego County’s COVID-19 Vaccinations Report (with data through Sept. 21), 70.9% of the eligible 12 to 17-year-old population in San Diego County is partially vaccinated against the coronavirus.


Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported an additional 611 COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's tally to 355,346 cases since the pandemic began (data through Sept. 27). No new additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported in San Diego County, bringing that toll to 4,054.

Case Rate: A total of 15,005 new tests were logged by the county leading up to Sept. 27, and the positivity rate over that span was 3.5%.

California COVID-19 Updates: As of Sept. 28, 2021, the California Department of Public Health said these were the most recent stats on the COVID-19 situation statewide:

  • As of Sept. 28, the state had confirmed 4,476,388 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).
  • State public health officials said there were 4,753 newly reported coronavirus cases on Sept. 27.
  • Case Rate Among Vaccinated Californians: 7.95 cases per 100,000 Californians, per day (data for week from Sept. 5 through Sept. 11, 2021)
  • Case Rate Among Unvaccinated Californians (age 16 and older): 62.83 cases per 100,000 Californians, per day (data for week from Sept. 5 through Sept. 11, 2021)
  • COVID-Related Deaths in California: There had been 68,387 COVID-related deaths in California since the start of the pandemic
  • COVID Vaccines in California: As of Sept. 27, the CDC reported that 83.8% of eligible Californians had gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine (numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed)
  • COVID-19 Testing in California: As of Sept. 28, there had been 91,949,140 coronavirus tests conducted in the state since the start of the pandemic. The CDPH said the current 7-day positivity rate stood at 2.5%

“The great majority of new cases are among unvaccinated individuals,” the CDPH said in its Sept. 28 update. “The rate among the unvaccinated is 8 times the rate among the vaccinated.”


Sept. 27
COVID-19 Booster Shots:
San Diego County public health officials provided an update on COVID-19 boosters, giving an outline of who is eligible.

The county said they would follow the guidance from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health in distributing the Pfizer COVID-19 booster to older adults, immunocompromised individuals and those in certain risk groups.

See a full list of who is eligible here or at the link below.

The state already revealed its plan to provide the booster once it is given final authorization. The plan relies largely on pharmacies and primary care providers as well as mass vaccination sites in some larger counties.

Cases & Deaths: San Diego County public health officials reported another 356 COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's tally to 354,732 cases since the pandemic began (data through Sept. 26). Three additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported in San Diego County, bringing that toll to 4,054.

Case Rate: The county reported an average of 21,634 COVID-19 tests over seven days leading up to Sept. 26; the positivity rate over that span was 3.5%.


The Coronavirus Pandemic in San Diego County, Month by Month

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

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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