County reports 65 new COVID-19 cases as move to yellow tier possible this week


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County reported 65 new COVID-19 infections and no new deaths Monday, as public health officials await data from the state Tuesday which could allow the county to move to a less restrictive tier.

San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 1.7 cases per 100,000 residents, placing the county in the “yellow tier” of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening plan for one week. The county needs to have two consecutive weeks with a case rate of fewer than two cases per 100,000 residents to fully move into the yellow tier.

That move would occur Wednesday if the case count is low enough, and indoor capacity for most businesses would increase a week before the state lifts nearly all pandemic-related restrictions on June 15.

Monday’s data brings the cumulative case total to 280,807, while the death toll remained unchanged at 3,764.

A total of 5,898 tests were reported to the county on Monday, with 1.1% returning positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 0.8%.

As of Monday, nearly 1.68 million San Diego County residents — almost 60% of residents 12 and older — are vaccinated and more than 2.07 million residents have received one of two doses.

More than 4.21 million doses have been received by the county, with more than 3.78 million administered.

A full list of available vaccination sites is available on the county’s website.

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