SAN DIEGO–For the first time in over a week, no COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego Sunday, but cases jumped to over 1,400, the County Health and Human Services Agency said Monday.
The number of local COVID-19 deaths remains at 19 and the age range is between 25 and 98 years of age. Fifteen people who have died were men and four were women.
“While we’re happy to see no deaths reported in the past day, it does not mean we won’t see additional COVID-19 fatalities. Deaths are often a lagging indicator,” said Eric McDonald, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the County Epidemiology and Immunization Services branch. “The most effective way to keep people from getting the virus and to prevent potential deaths is by staying home and wearing a face covering while in public conducting essential activities.”
Homemade masks, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are acceptable, since these items can be washed and reused. Facial coverings don’t need to be used when people are at home. First 5 San Diego compiled a list of guides for making your own covering.
Through April 6, a total of 1,404 COVID-19 cases have been reported in San Diego County, including 78 new cases in the last day.
Of San Diego County’s cases, 739 (52.6%) were men and 657 (46.8%) were women. The gender of eight people is unknown. Of the known cases, 269 (19.2%) have required hospitalization and 102 (7.3%) of the total number of cases had to be placed in intensive care.
Starting today, the county began reporting the ethnic breakdown of COVID-19 cases. Of the 1,404 cases reported today, 405 (29%) did not indicate an ethnic background. Of the 999 remaining cases, the ethnic breakdown was:
- 49% White
- 31% Hispanic
- 10% Asian
- 6% African American
- 4% Other
County officials also talked about other measures and resources to deal with COVID-19. To date:
- More than 18,000 tests have been administered to San Diegans, including 827 tests reported April 5.
- The County has distributed over 1.7 million personal protective equipment items to local health care providers, including over 694,000 N-95 respirators, nearly 337,000 surgical face masks and more than 673,000 gloves.
- A total of 2,026 hotel rooms have been secured to isolate people who have potential COVID-19 symptoms and people who have health vulnerabilities and have no place to live.
- Of the 1,585 rooms for County Public Health Services use, 159 are occupied by 165 guests.
- Of the 441 rooms assigned to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, 188 are being occupied by 312 people who are at higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19.