San Diego County remains in state’s orange tier; reports 108 new COVID-19 cases


A woman wears a face mask as she rides a skateboard along a beach promenade Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in San Diego. U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And unvaccinated people can drop face coverings in some cases, too. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County public health officials reported 108 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as the county’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate fell to 3.4 per 100,000.

Last week’s adjusted case rate was 3.7 per 100,000. Both numbers place San Diego County firmly in the “orange tier” of the state’s color-coded reopening plan.

The county’s positivity rate declined to 1.6% from last week’s 1.7% and the health equity positivity rate — how the state measures a county’s most vulnerable or underserved quartile — increased to 2%.

Both of these numbers are good enough for yellow tier — however, a county is represented by its worst performing of three metrics. That leaves San Diego County in the orange tier, which features some business restrictions.

Tuesday’s data brings the total number of cases to 279,253 and the death toll remains 3,742.

Of 7,688 tests reported to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency Tuesday, 1% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average remained 1.5%.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics at select San Diego high schools will continue this week in an effort to reach students as young as 12 who are now eligible for the vaccine.

The San Diego Unified School District has collaborated with UC San Diego Health and Sharp HealthCare to host the clinics at district high schools located in communities with some of the lowest vaccination rates.

All school-based clinics are open to students, staff, families and community members. Students who attend the school hosting the clinic need a signed parent consent form to get a vaccine; other students will be required to have a parent present.

On Wednesday, UCSD will administer the Pfizer vaccine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morse and San Diego high schools while Sharp will administer vaccines during the same time period at Madison High School.

The county has received around 3.9 million doses of coronavirus vaccine and has administered nearly 3.37 million of them.

More than 1.8 million people have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 85.8% of the way toward reaching the county’s goal of vaccinating 75% of San Diego County residents 12 and older, or 2,101,936 people.

Around 1.36 million — or 64.7% of the county’s goal — in the 12-or-older age range are fully inoculated with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

San Diego County will adhere to California guidelines and wait until June 15 to lift the requirement for face coverings in indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, officials announced Monday.

The June date is when state officials are expected to lift most virus- related restrictions across California if the current positive trends continue.

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