High risk of COVID-19 in San Diego County | news


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The continued increase in local coronavirus cases has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to place San Diego County on its high-risk tier for COVID-19.

The CDC tracks community level of the virus based on geographic regions to determine the impact of COVID-19 in communities and allow individual jurisdictions to implement preventive strategies based on the latest local data.

San Diego has been in the intermediate-risk category since late May, but recent spikes in hospital admissions and new cases have prompted the CDC to raise the risk level for the region.

Actions you can take

The high level of risk means COVID-19 is rampant across the region and San Diego residents should continue to take precautions to slow the spread of the virus. You should:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Get all vaccine doses and booster shots
  • Stay home if you are sick and get tested
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Take other precautions like washing your hands and staying away from anyone who is visibly ill

The county continues to follow the California Department of Health’s SMARTER plan, which recommends vaccinations, mask use, testing and treatment, among other things.

“San Diego residents should take all necessary precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Cameron Kaiser, MD, MPH, the county’s assistant health officer. “Most San Diego residents have been vaccinated, but with this virus and given the prevalence and infectivity of the new variants, a booster boost is strongly recommended, particularly for those with compromised immune systems or other comorbidities.”

Do you have COVID? Let yourself be treated

If you get COVID-19, county health officials say treatment is available. Treatment can help prevent high-risk individuals from becoming sick enough to require hospital services and even dying from COVID.

Oral medications in pill form and monoclonal antibodies in the form of an intravenous infusion are available at several locations and community pharmacies throughout San Diego. Antiviral medications require a doctor’s prescription and should be started within five days of the onset of symptoms of COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies should be administered no earlier than seven days after the onset of symptoms.

To determine which treatment might be best for you, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider, or call 2-1-1 to locate a provider.

Vaccination progress:

  • Received At Least One Vaccine: Over 3.0 million, or 89.7%, of San Diego residents six months of age and older are at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: Almost 2.65 million or 79.2%.
  • Booster shots administered: 1,396,563 or 57.8% of 2,418,004 eligible San Diego residents.
  • For more vaccination information, go to coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.


  • 13 more deaths have been reported since the last notification on July 7th. The total in the region is 5,370.
  • Of the 13 other deaths, four were women and nine were men. They died between May 23 and July 7, 2022; five deaths occurred in the past two weeks.
  • Eight of the deceased were in their 80s, two in their 70s, two in their 60s and one in their 40s.
  • 11 were fully vaccinated and two were not.
  • All had previous illnesses.

Cases, case rates and tests:

  • 5,576 COVID-19 cases have been reported to the county over the past three days (July 11 to July 13, 2022). The region total is now 857,182.
  • 12,948 cases were reported in the past week (July 7 to July 13), compared to 9,763 infections identified in the previous week (June 30 to July 6).
  • San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents age 12 and older is 43.95 for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals, 27.01 for fully vaccinated individuals, and 87.71 for non-fully vaccinated San Diego residents.
  • 12,747 tests were reported to the county as of July 9, and the percentage of new positive cases was 14.9% (data through July 9).
  • The 14-day rolling percentage of positive cases among tests reported through July 9 is 14.5%.

More information:

Data updates for the The county’s website coronavirus-sd.com appears around 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, excluding public holidays.

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