San Diego County Studies 2,532 New COVID-19 Infections


Medical staff administer COVID-19 swab tests at the drive-through Aquatica Sa...

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Above: Medical workers administer COVID-19 swab checks on the drive-through Aquatica San Diego testing location, Dec. 8, 2020.

San Diego County public well being officers reported 2,532 new COVID-19 infections and 31 further deaths as a result of sickness Tuesday, because the state prolonged regional stay-at-home orders.

The brand new circumstances mark the 29th consecutive day with greater than 1,000 new infections, and the 20th general day with greater than 2,000 new circumstances. The three,000 mark has been crossed 5 occasions.

The state’s regional order, which covers an 11-county Southern California space, took impact at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 6 and was set to run out Monday. However with the area’s intensive-care unit capability at hospitals nonetheless formally listed at 0%, the order was prolonged indefinitely.

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The state’s Well being and Human Companies Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, stated four-week projections point out incoming COVID-19 sufferers are anticipated to proceed exceeding ICU capability within the area. Ghaly stated the four-week projections are evaluated every day, and the area can emerge from the stay-at- residence order every time the projection signifies a area’s ICU capability will rise above 15%.

The four-week projections are based mostly on 4 components: present ICU capability, the area’s seven-day common every day new case price, the transmission price and the speed of ICU admissions.

With the Southern California area’s present ICU capability nonetheless listed at 0% — and well being officers anticipating case numbers and hospitalizations to rise all through January based mostly on gatherings that doubtless occurred for Christmas and can once more for New Yr’s Eve regardless of warnings — the area is predicted to stay underneath the order for weeks to come back.

The state additionally prolonged the stay-at-home order for the San Joaquin Valley. 4 of the 5 areas carved out the state are underneath stay-at-home orders, protecting 98% of the state’s inhabitants. Solely far northern California shouldn’t be underneath a stay-at-home order.

The Southern California area covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Most broadly, the order bars gatherings of individuals from completely different households.

The two,532 circumstances reported San Diego County Tuesday crossed the 150,000 cumulative circumstances milestone. The county’s totals now measure 150,064 circumstances and 1,435 deaths.

One other 44 folks with coronavirus have been hospitalized Tuesday and 11 despatched to ICUs. The 1,562 folks hospitalized from the virus is a file, whereas the 388 in ICUs is the second-most after solely Monday’s reported 393.

The county is reporting 19% of its current ICU beds as accessible, however San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher stated final week a lot of these beds lack staffing. The actual variety of accessible, staffed beds is probably going a lot decrease.

A number of hospitals and healthcare teams within the area have utilized for ratio waivers — successfully permitting medical workers to tackle a heavier affected person burden.

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COVID-19 sufferers make up rather less than two-thirds of all ICU sufferers within the space, with simply 228 non-COVID-19 sufferers in comparison with the 388 coronavirus sufferers within the ICU.

The county has reported a 130% improve in COVID-19-related hospitalizations up to now 30 days and a 121% improve in ICU sufferers in the identical time interval.

Of 16,944 checks reported Monday, 15% returned optimistic, bringing the 14-day common right down to 10.8%. Sunday noticed a file positivity price of 27%.

Three new group outbreaks have been confirmed Tuesday — 57 have been confirmed within the final seven days with 233 circumstances related to these outbreaks. A group setting outbreak is outlined as three or extra COVID-19 circumstances in a setting and in folks of various households over the previous 14 days.

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