San Diego County’s COVID Numbers Heading in the Wrong Direction
San Diego County health officials warned Friday that the COVID-19 case rate is on the wrong trajectory and immediate action is needed on the part of residents to bring the infection rate down.
“Today, we are here to sound the alarm that our actions matter, and we all must work together to keep San Diego County out of the purple [most restrictive] tier,” said Health Officer Wilma Wooten. From Oct. 4 to Oct. 10, there were 1,617 cases, giving San Diego a case rate of 6.85 daily cases per 100,000 residents. Those numbers were expected to worsen by Oct. 20, potentially pushing the county into the most restrictive category.
According to the Los Angeles Times, San Diego County health officials investigated 40 community outbreaks last week. These include some linked to colleges and universities.
“On Friday, Point Loma Nazarene University reported that 32 students and one employee had tested positive for the coronavirus,” the Times reports. “Twenty-three of those cases are still active, including six who live off-campus. There are 69 individuals in quarantine, and the college is waiting on the results of 100 additional tests. At UC San Diego, at least 109 students and 45 campus employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Far outpacing those totals, San Diego State has seen COVID-19 cases among 1,184 students, 14 faculty and staff members and 13 campus visitors.”