The number of new coronavirus cases hit a new record high on Friday and six more deaths from COVID-19 were reported.
For the third day in a row, the County’s Health and Human Services Agency is reporting record-high numbers of new COVID-19 infections. After four days of more than 300 new cases a day this week, the County is reporting 440 new cases today, bringing the total number to 12,401. The positive test rate was 6-percent. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive tests is 3.4%
In addition to increasing case numbers, the County also met one of the 13 triggers for possible new restrictions. The average number of hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection has increased by 19% in the last three days compared to the three days prior. The measure states the increase should not be greater than 10%.
Despite this metric being triggered, the local hospital systems still have capacity. The County says it is monitoring this and all other metrics closely to make sure the increases do not indicate a trend.
Six more COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday bringing the total to 358. All had underlying medical conditions and ranged in age from 57 to 95. .
Residents Urged to Follow Health Orders Including Masks
Given the increasing number of cases in the region and additional triggers being met, County health officials are urging San Diegans to remain vigilant.
“The spike in cases in recent days shows that the pandemic is far from over and we must all continue to do our part to keep infection numbers down,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “This includes wearing a face covering when out in public, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home if you are sick.”
In addition, San Diegans should maintain social distancing and continue to keep six feet apart from those who are not members of the same household and avoid crowded places.
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