San Diego County remains in the Red Tier in the latest weekly update from the state in the color coded COVID county watch list.
Two of the three metrics used by the state to determine tier placement for COVID-19 risk declined in the San Diego region, placing the County further from falling into the Purple Tier, or Tier 1, the most restrictive on activities.
At an update to the County Board of Supervisors, local health officials announced the region’s COVID-19 adjusted case rate decreased from 7.0 to 6.5 cases per every 100,000 residents, keeping the region in the Red Tier or Tier 2.
The state’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, decreased from 5.5 to 5.1%. San Diego’s figure moved from the Red Tier into the Orange Tier, but the metric does not on its own allow counties to advance to a less restrictive tier.
The testing positivity percentage went up slightly from 3.3 to 3.5%, keeping this metric in the Orange Tier or Tier 3.
While two of the three metrics qualify the County for the Orange Tier or Tier 3, the state assigns counties to the most restrictive tier. Therefore, San Diego County will stay in the Red Tier or Tier 2.
County health officials continue to urge San Diegans to follow the local health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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