SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — San Diego County public well being officers reported 291 new COVID-19 infections and 6 deaths from the sickness Thursday, elevating the county’s totals to 49,446 circumstances of the coronavirus and 819 deaths, whereas a brand new each day document for neighborhood outbreaks was set.
A complete of 19 neighborhood outbreaks had been reported Thursday, six in restaurant/bar settings, six in enterprise settings, two in grocery settings, two in eating places, one in a meals processing setting, one in a residence and one other in a hair salon/barbershop setting.
In the previous seven days, 32 neighborhood outbreaks had been confirmed, nicely above the set off of seven or extra in every week’s time. A neighborhood setting outbreak is outlined as three or extra COVID-19 circumstances in a setting and in folks of various households over the previous 14 days.
Four girls and two males died between Sept. 4 and Oct. 7, and their ages ranged from late 40s to mid-70s. All had underlying medical circumstances.
Of the ten,915 exams reported Thursday, 3% returned constructive, bringing the 14-day rolling common proportion of constructive circumstances to three%. The seven-day each day common of exams was 9,150.
Of the whole variety of circumstances within the county, 3,646 — or 7.4% — have required hospitalization and 849 — or 1.7% of all circumstances — needed to be admitted to an intensive care unit.
On Tuesday, the county discovered it is going to stay within the second, or purple, tier of the state’s four-tier COVID-19 reopening plan for a minimum of one other week.
However, a brand new wrinkle in how the state appears at county information was introduced Wednesday. A well being fairness metric will now be used to find out how shortly a county might advance by means of the reopening plan, San Diego Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten mentioned.
A neighborhood can solely be in addition to its unhealthiest quartile, she mentioned, and whereas counties with a big disparity between the least and most sick members of a neighborhood is not going to be punished for the disparity by sliding again into extra restrictive tiers, such a disparity will cease counties from advancing to less-restrictive tiers.
According to the state tips, the well being fairness will measure socially decided well being circumstances, resembling a neighborhood’s transportation, housing, entry to well being care and testing, entry to wholesome meals and parks.
Neighborhoods are grouped and scored by census tracts on the Healthy Places Index. Some of the unhealthiest neighborhoods embrace Logan Heights, Valencia Park, downtown El Cajon and National City. According to county information, the county’s well being fairness testing positivity proportion is 6.2 and is within the Red Tier.
The difficult metric will likely be defined additional on Monday, Wooten mentioned, when the state releases an official “playbook” of how it’s calculated and what it means to communities all through the state as they try to reopen.
The county’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 new each day infections per 100,000 folks, down from final week’s 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is right down to 7 from final week’s 7.2. Because San Diego County testing ranges had been above the state median testing quantity, the county’s adjustment stage was decreased.
On the final two Tuesdays, the county narrowly averted being pushed again into the purple tier, essentially the most strict within the state’s reopening plan. The state-set threshold of case rate to keep away from the purple tier is beneath 7 per 100,000 folks. To transfer into the less-restrictive orange tier, a county should have a rate beneath 3.9 per 100,000 folks.
— City News Service