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Latest Coronavirus Impacts: County Surpasses 3M Vaccine Doses Administered

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

NBCUniversal Media, LLC The latest from county leaders, including details on local vaccination numbers.

What to Know for May 6

  • Officials reported 226 new positive COVID-19 cases. The region’s total is now 277,323.
  • San Diego County has surpassed 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered.
  • Three vaccines sites in San Diego County are now offering evening hours

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 277,323 positive COVID-19 cases and 3,716 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 continuing a months-long 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.

NBC 7 will track daily COVID-19 developments in San Diego County throughout May 2021 here.

For now, to catch up on what happened in April 2021 in San Diego County during the pandemic, read this.

May 2021 Updates

May 6
Vaccination Efforts: San Diego County has surpassed 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said now 63% of the eligible population of San Diego residents have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 44% have received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Vaccine Sites: Three vaccine sites will now offer evening hours. The first one is in Oceanside, the second is in Chula Vista El Cajon. These sites will now be open from 1 to 8 p.m.

The County also announced it was extending appointment windows for its sites, from two-to-three days to seven days, to give people a wider time to set vaccination appointments.

Cases, Deaths: Officials reported 226 COVID-19 cases . The region’s total is now 277,323. A total of 15,412 tests were reported to the County on May 5, and the percentage of new positive cases was 1%.

No new COVID-19 deaths were reported May 5. The region’s total is 3,716.

May 5
Vaccination Efforts: Walmart, Sam's Club, and CVS announced a shift to walk-up appointments this week, meaning an appointment is no longer required for a patient to get the shot at their pharmacies nationwide.

That's about 1,115 CVS Pharmacy locations and 308 Sam's Club and Walmart pharmacies in California now opening up their availability -- on top of some local health sites that have also switched to a walk-up approach.

Cases: Officials reported 219 COVID-19 cases. The region’s total is now 277,097. Of all cases, 15,276 or 5.5% have required hospitalization.

Deaths: Three new COVID-19 deaths were reported May 4. The region’s total is 3,716. Two women and one man died between Jan. 29 and April 27. The deceased were all 80 years of age or older. They had underlying medical conditions.

May 4
Cases: Officials reported 186 COVID-19 positive cases. The region’s total is now 276,878.

On Twitter, a rep for UC San Diego Health said the facility reported zero new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours -- a first since testing launched there more than a year ago.

Deaths: One new COVID-19 death was reported, bringing the county's total to 3,713.

National Vaccination Effort: President Joe Biden on Tuesday set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one shot to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth. Biden also called for states to make vaccines available on a walk-in basis and said he will direct many pharmacies to do likewise. Details here.

May 2

Cases: Officials reported 154 COVID-19 positive cases. The region’s total is now 276,520.

Deaths: Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported. The region’s total is 3,712.

May 1

Cases: Officials reported 210 COVID-19 positive cases on April 30. The region’s total is now 276,366.

Deaths: Four new COVID-19 deaths were reported on April 30. The region’s total is 3,706.

Community Outbreaks: Three new outbreaks were reported. In the last seven days, 24 community outbreaks were reported.


The Coronavirus Pandemic in San Diego County, Month by Month

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.

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