San Diego COVID-19 Case Numbers Starting To Drop

On Monday, August 3 San Diego County reported 343 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths related to the virus.

When looking at the last 30 days, the County is starting to see a downtrend on the number of new cases reported daily, and the lowest number of hospitalizations and ICU beds occupied for COVID-19 treatment.

  • Hospitalizations over the past 30-days = 390 low on August 2 and 509 high on July 17
  • ICU patient treatments over the past 30-days = 122 low on July 31 and 175 on July 6

The County of San Diego is working toward its goal of providing 5,600 tests per day - available to anyone who wants to be tested. This improves health officials ability to track the disease especially among residents who may not display COVID-10 symptoms, but are able to spread the virus.

San Diego's current daily positive case test rate is keeping us on Governor Newsom's watch list, which determines what restrictions the county remains under, including opening places of worship, gyms, salons, and in-person learning.

  1. To be removed from the watch list, San Diego would need to record at least three straight days of new cases at 100 or less per 100,000 people. On August 3, the total was 118.
  2. If San Diego County can then stay off the watch list for 14 consecutive days, restrictions will be lifted.

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher seems cautiously optimistic, about the current situation. During the county's August 3 update, he said “In the beginning of August, the numbers have been very encouraging. Our number of cases continue to come down; our percentage of positive continues to come down. Our hospital system capacity remains very stable and healthy and so, this is an encouraging sign that tells us that not only the actions we took – but just broader awareness of the continued dangers of COVID – have put us in a better situation.”

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