San Diego County COVID-19 update
by José A. Álvarez
Published - 10/22/20 - 07:00 AM | 943 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Here is the COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Oct. 20.

State Metrics:

  • San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 7.0 per 100,000 residents. Limit for Tier 2, the Red Tier, is 7.0.

  • The testing positivity percentage is 3.3%, placing it in Tier 3 or the Orange Tier.

  • The state’s health equity metric looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions.

  • The County’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 5.5. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers but is required to advance.

  • The California Department of Public Health will assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Six new community outbreaks were confirmed on Oct. 20: two in business settings, two in restaurant settings, one in a healthcare setting and one in a restaurant/bar setting.

  • In the past seven days (Oct. 14 through Oct. 20), 32 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.


  • 10,449 tests were reported to the County on 20, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 3%.

  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 2.8%. Target is less than 8.0%.

  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 10,729.

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


  • 263 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Oct. 19. The region’s total is now 53,263.

  • 3,800 or 7.1% of all cases have required hospitalization.

  • 879 or 1.7% of all cases and 23.1% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on Oct. 20. The region’s total is now 863.

  • Four men and two women died between Oct. 16 and Oct. 20, and their ages ranged from mid-50s to late 90s.

  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More Information:

The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s website will be updated around 5 p.m.


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