San Diego COVID-19 numbers getting ‘strongly worse’ in current weeks

SAN DIEGO — Day day COVID-19 data proceed to fall with regularity in San Diego County as state and native officers work to stem the tide of a surging pandemic.

The county has been getting “strongly worse” for the previous eight weeks, however knowledge from a Southern California-based firm reveals case numbers courting again to final spring rank San Diego as one of many worst within the state and nation.

“San Diego’s present pattern within the size of being in that ‘epidemic pattern’ in California is second solely to Los Angeles County,” stated Dr. Este Geraghty, chief medical officer at Esri, which gives a spread of instruments to raised perceive knowledge.

These instruments have been notably helpful in monitoring COVID-19 circumstances and the places the place they started.

“What was nice about what Johns Hopkins College did, they used one in every of our instruments — a dashboarding software — to actually begin to monitor and study the unfold, the expansion the variety of circumstances and thus the event of the pandemic over area and time,” Geraghty stated.

As of Monday, San Diego County has reported a complete of 194,795 COVID-19 infections — together with 2,907 new circumstances Monday — in addition to 1,857 deaths from the virus. Hospitalizations ensuing from the virus rose one other 46 to six,284 on Monday. There have been two new ICU admissions, bringing the whole to 1,273.

The county has surpassed 80% of its hospital beds occupied, a major quantity as a result of county reserving the final 20% of its licensed beds solely for COVID-19 sufferers.

New sufferers, based on a plan developed the county Well being & Human Providers Company final 12 months, might be turned away in some circumstances.

Hitting the epidemic pattern means a each day common of 33 circumstances per each 100,000 individuals, a threshold during which the county has remained since late March 2020, Geraghty stated.

“So, a really very long time,” she stated.

Nationally, the county at the moment ranks 14th for size of time within the epidemic pattern.

“We all know it’s going to be a very long time earlier than San Diego is out of the definition of an epidemic pattern,” Geraghty stated. “That doesn’t imply nevertheless that San Diego received’t begin doing higher, however proper now San Diego is in a ‘doing worse’ section.”

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