Countdown Continues Toward All Schools in County Being Able to Open

The countdown continues toward the day county officials say would be the first day all schools in the county could open if they want to.

The county has to remain off the state's coronavirus monitoring list for 14 days and the end of that two week period would be August 31st. It means all K-12th grade schools could open starting September 1st. Some elementary schools, mostly private, are opening this week after being granted waivers for the county earlier this month.

Virus Numbers Continue to Decrease

Case Rate:

  • The region’s state-calculated case rate is 80.3 for Aug. 24.
  • The County will now need to report a case rate below 100 cases per 100,000 people for seven more days. Then all schools, grades K-12, can reopen.
  • The list of schools that have submitted waiver applications and received waivers to reopen can be found
  • No other businesses can reopen until the state provides further guidance.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Five new outbreaks were identified on Aug. 23: two in businesses, one in a restaurant, one in a hotel/resort/spa and one in a grocery.
  • In the past seven days, 20 community outbreaks were identified.
  • The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
  • A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households.


  • 7,351 tests were reported to the County on Aug. 23 and the number of laboratory-confirmed cases was 3%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3.5%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 7,394.


  • 187 new cases were reported in San Diego County for a total of 36,727.
  • 2,989 or 8.1 % of cases have required hospitalization.
  • 733 or 2.0% of all cases and 24.5% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • No new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on Aug. 23 and the region’s total remains at 660.


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