County Health Officials Report Increase in COVID-19 Community Outbreaks

An increase in community outbreaks of the coronavirus are being reported by San Diego County health officials.

Three new outbreaks were reported Monday, bringing the region’s total to 10 over the past seven days. There are were more than 300 positive cases reported for the second day in a row..

The latest figures are concerning, County health officials say, and they will continue to monitor them closely to make sure they don’t become a trend. “We expected that we would see more cases with the reopening,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “As we reopened, people are interacting more with each other and gathering in larger groups.”

Community outbreaks of COVID-19 are one of of 13 metrics will can determine whether additional measures are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus. This trigger stipulates that no more than seven outbreaks should be reported over the past seven days. Since the three new outbreaks occurred in three different types of settings and in different parts of the county, health officials said there was no need for more restrictive measures at this time.

However, the County is pausing on the reopening of additional sectors of the economy, even if the state releases new guidance, until it is safe to do it. Further actions also are possible.


(Photo credit San Diego County Newscenter)

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