San Diego County mirrors the rest of the nation as confirmed COVID-19 cases spike to record levels. On Thursday the county announced that the region experienced a record-breaking number of new positive coronavirus cases on Tuesday when the total reached 661. The previous single-record occurred on August 7, 2020 when 652 cases were reported.
Fortunately, the spike in cases has not overwhelmed area hospitals, who have been able to treat all coronavirus cases without having to transfer patients to other facilities.
San Diego County's elevated case rates could lead to an extended stay in state's most restrictive "Purple Tier", which is preventing all non-essential businesses from operating indoors. Along with the announcement of the region's new "Purple Tier" status, the county released an interactive map that indicates (by zip code) what tier each community is at based on the number of new cases reported per 100,000 residents. County health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten, explained that the map will be updated each Thursday using the same 7-day evaluation period used by the state of California to determining what tier each county is allowed to operate at. Currently, the map results are based on the data from October 25 - 31, 2020.
View the map to see specific details about each community in San Diego County and an overall picture of which areas are being hit hardest by the coronavirus.
Photo: Getty Images. Map: San Diego County