WATCH: County Health Officials Warn of Possible New Restrictions


San Diego County public health officials said Friday that the region is dangerously close to being placed in the state's most restrictive reopening tier.

Moving into the Purple tier could mean indoor dining and other indoor operations and other restrictions. A county has to be in the purple range for at least two weeks before a move to a more restrictive tier would happen based on the state's color-coded monitoring system.

The county's coronavirus case rate over the last 48 hours was alarming, according to Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. "We've been living for most of the last month on the precipice of tiers," Fletcher said. "We now are concerned about the trends and we're concerned about the likelihood that we can tip back into purple." Fletcher says over the last six days, San Diego County's daily unadjusted case rates continue to increase.

County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said since the start of this week, the county has seen its unadjusted case rate increase from 7.2 cases per 100,000 residents (7-day daily average from the previous week) on Sunday to 7.8 on Friday. The county's adjusted case rate has increased from 6.8 to 7.0 during the same time span.

The last week reported for the county, San Diego reported an unadjusted case rate of 7.2 and an adjusted case rate of 6.8.

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