San Diego stays in the red, which is a good thing for now
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Reacting to state officials recently stopping just shy of ordering San Diego County from the “red” tier into the more restrictive “purple” tier for economic reopening, residents and business owners from Pacific Beach to La Jolla sounded off on the latest COVID development.

“Leadership is what we need most during a crisis like a pandemic,” said Chris Olson, a PB resident and community activist. “The lack of leadership at the national level is the cause of a lot of unnecessary morbidities, mortality,  suffering, and economic hardship. We can criticize the state and local policies, but at least we have thoughtful leadership to guide us during this difficult time.”

“There's something more ominous going on and maybe we'll never find out what it really is,” said Henish Pulickal, a parent and PB resident. “This has been going on for six-plus months and the amount of information that can and can't be trusted is enormous. What's fact and what's fiction?”

Added Pulickal: “I think this comes down to personal responsibility. Do your own research. If you think that you could get sick and potentially die, you should stay home, wear a mask, etc. If you aren't worried about it, the government should let us live our lives. Our local hospitals are not overloaded. Why are schools closed? We did this whole color scheme with the ‘terrorism’ threat level 20 years ago and it's not helpful to anyone.”   

“Glad there are guidelines and willing to follow them for the greater good but think simplified uniform requirements, wear a mask when within 10 feet of others outside your household, except for when eating, and wash your hands every waking hour, for all sectors would encourage conformity and avoid social stigma,” said landscape architect Jim Neri, whose office is in PB.

“I would rather the government not get involved with business,” said Brett Murphy, co-owner of La Jolla Sports Club. “They can set health guidelines and safety restrictions according to the situation.  Closing down businesses is wrong in my eyes, especially since we follow the rules and guidelines. I am a firm believer that if you make a law or rule, you should enforce it, and if you don’t enforce it, then you hurt the individuals that consistently do the right thing.”

New State Metrics:

  • Under the new state monitoring metrics, San Diego County is currently in Tier 2, also referred to as the Red Tier.

  • San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.9. The testing positivity percentage is 3.8%.

  • The California Department of Public Health will assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • One new community outbreak in a private residence was confirmed on Sept. 27.

  • In the past seven days (Sept. 21 through Sept. 27), 18 community outbreaks were confirmed.

  • The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

  • A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days. ​


  • 6,010 tests were reported to the County on Sept. 27 and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 2%.

  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3.3%. Target is less than 8.0%.

  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 8,431.

  • People with and without symptoms who are at higher risk for COVID-19 should be tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who had close contact with a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted.


  • 124 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Sept. 27. The region’s total is now 46,734.

  • Three of the 124 new cases are connected to San Diego State University. The total number of cases connected to SDSU students is here.

  • 3,502 or 7.5% of cases have required hospitalization through Sept. 27.

  • 816 or 1.7% of all cases and 23.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • No new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on Sept. 27. The region’s total remains at 776.

More Information:

The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s website.

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