County reports 3,132 new COVID-19 cases with lockdown set to expire

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Editor’s note: Click here to see the latest coronavirus data for San Diego County in Monday’s update.

SAN DIEGO — County health leaders reported 3,132 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Sunday as state officials were expected to extend stay-at-home orders in central and Southern California.

Fifty new hospitalizations were confirmed in Sunday’s data, bringing the county’s total hospitalizations to a record-high 1,486. Seven additional patients were admitted to ICUs with 379 people in intensive care county-wide. ICU availability for the county remained at 18%.

State stay-at-home orders for the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are set to expire Monday. Gov. Newsom previously said the orders were likely to be extended but state leaders did not make a definitive ruling Sunday afternoon.

ICU capacity in the 11-county Southern California region was still at 0% Sunday, according to state data. The number doesn’t mean there were literally zero beds available because the state rounds down where the rate of patients with COVID-19 is high.

“It’s very likely based on those current trends that we’ll need to extend that stay-at-home order,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week.

The Southern California region consists of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

AJ Williams, owner of Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream, said he already closed one of his three locations in San Diego County because of stay-at-home orders. He said despite the hit, he understands the need for the restrictions and safety measures.

“But, at the same time, your livelihood, your business – you’re trying to keep afloat,” Williams said.

With business down significantly, especially during the slow period he typically sees during the winter, Williams said he’s eager to re-hire employees and see his business grow again.

California hit 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Christmas Eve. The situation is already dire, and the worst is expected to come in the next few weeks after Christmas and New Year’s travelers return home.

San Diego County has seen 145,779 confirmed cases and 1,402 deaths since Feb. 14. Data shows 27% of 11,744 tests reported to the county on Dec. 26 were lab-confirmed cases. Ten new community outbreaks were also confirmed with 250 cases associated with 60 confirmed outbreaks in the last 7 days. Click here to see county data.

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