County reports record 1,859 new cases, warns of outbreak at church


SAN DIEGO — Public health leaders reported a record 1,859 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and one more death as the county warned the public about an outbreak at a local church.

The county said anyone who attended indoor services at Awaken Church at 7620 Balboa Avenue between Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 should quarantine for 14 days following their last date of exposure. Attendees are asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19.

County health leaders don’t typically identify sites of outbreaks but said a public health advisory was necessary because they haven’t been able to identify and get in touch with everyone who may have been exposed.

The 1,859 new cases Saturday break the previous record of 1,802 cases confirmed Friday. A total of 997 San Diegans have now died from the virus.

The data shows 14% of the 12,932 tests administered came back positive. An additional 33 people were hospitalized with the virus, bringing the total to 636 people in area hospitals. Three people were released from the ICU with 175 in ICUs countywide.

Sixteen new community outbreaks were confirmed Saturday.

The county is reminding residents that everyone should wear face coverings, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings. No more than three households are recommended for outdoor gatherings and gatherings indoors are prohibited for counties in the purple tier.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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