Friday, August 14, 2020

San Diego County Could Go On State Watch List

Spread of the novel coronavirus has caused the County of San Diego to be flagged by the California Department of Public Health, positioning the region to go on the state’s Watch List and ultimately face new closures if the number of COVID-19 cases continues to go up.

As of July 1, San Diego County is not on this list.

- Advertisement -

On June 30, the County was flagged because it surpassed the state’s trigger of no more than 100 positive cases per every 100,000 residents. On that day, the rate was 103.8 and rose to 105 July 1.

If the County has another day over that threshold, it will be placed the state’s Watch List on July 3 and monitored for an additional three days.

- Advertisement -

If the rate does not fall below 100 by July 6, then it would be required to adopt more restrictive measures and close indoor activities for three weeks at:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars, breweries and wineries
  • Movie theaters, family entertainment centers and cardrooms
  • Museums and zoos

“If things don’t improve, we will be forced to take these additional measures,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “We all should be wearing a face covering, staying away from others and taking other preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

No Fourth of July Gatherings

The state, which is the entity issuing guidance on loosening public health restrictions, announced that Fourth of July fireworks are allowed but gatherings are not.

Also, outdoor picnics and barbecues can occur but only with household members, and they should take place at home or close to home.

When outside the home, people should always wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing from others.

Local beaches will remain open for the 4th of July weekend. However, the state announced it will be closing parking lots at state beaches.

Locally, cities will determine whether to close or limit parking at their beach lots.

Masks, Distance Prevent Spread

The best way to prevent getting COVID-19 is to follow the public health guidance being issued by state and local health officials.

“When people don’t follow the health guidance, they could be putting their lives and the lives of others in danger,” Wooten said.

San Diegans must do the following to protect themselves and the public’s health and keep other sectors of the economy from being closed:

  • Practice good hand hygiene and sanitation
  • Keep six feet apart
  • Wear a face covering
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Stay home if they are sick

COVID-19 Triggers, Tests, Cases and Deaths

Community Outbreaks and Other Triggers:

The County is monitoring 13 measures, or triggers, that could prompt revisions to the health order.

  • In the past seven days, 13 community outbreaks were identified; three new outbreaks were identified June 30 at a restaurant, a source of food and a business.
  • The number of community outbreaks hit the trigger of seven in seven days.
  • The County also reached the Case Investigation trigger because only 69% of investigations were initiated within 24 hours of notification over a 7-day period. The percentage should be at least 71%.

 

-----
Do You Value The Coronado Times?
Become a Paid Supporter

Keep it civil. Comments may be removed or closed if they violate Terms of Service.

Avatar
Managing Editor
Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
Advertisement

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Alexia Palacios-Peters for School Board

Submitted by Emily Foster I am thrilled to see that Alexia Palacios-Peters is running for CUSD School Board. I’ve worked with her in several organizations,...

Action Plan on Racism vs Insulated and Isolated White Community

Submitted by Pam WilsonCoronado Unified intends to present its Action Plan on Racism at their August 13 board meeting. This plan is in response...

Money Shamefully Spent

Submitted by Barry AustinAm I the only one to feel outraged that the Mayor and Council, under cover of restricted public involvement, gave away...

More Questions Than Answers

Submitted by Carolyn RogersonThere are days when I cannot believe the vitriol to be read on the pages of Coronado publications or online. I...

NEW STORIES

Artist Profile: Asante Sefa-Boakye

Asante Sefa-Boakye is a lifetime Coronado resident who is committed to changing the world one day at a time...Certified in a program to help...

Back to School with Distance Learning: Computers, Internet Access & Desk Space

The August “back to school” season is very different this year as all Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) schools prepare to start the school...

Anne and Rick Wilcoxon – Emerald Keepers of the Month

Five or six times a week, Coronado residents and Emerald Keepers Anne and Rick Wilcoxon can be found along Ocean Boulevard or on either...

Gyms Embrace Outdoor Workouts During Coronavirus Pandemic

After years of planning, Erin Ayres opened her studio, Yoga on C, in the beginning of July. About a week later, Governor Gavin Newsom...

Jack and Grace Creatively Raise Funds for CSF During Pandemic

Coronado kids Jack and Grace Elardo began their business Jack and Grace's Pop-Up Stand four years ago when they were in 3rd and 4th...