SAN DIEGO–Three additional COVID-19 community outbreaks were reported Monday, bringing the region’s total to 10 over the past seven days, said County public health officials.
More than 300 positive cases have been reported two days in a row. The latest figures are concerning, County health officials say, and they will continue to monitor them closely to make sure they don’t become a trend.
“We expected that we would see more cases with the reopening,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “As we reopened, people are interacting more with each other and gathering in larger groups.”
Community outbreaks of COVID-19 are one of 13 triggers the County is closely monitoring to determine whether additional measures are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.
This trigger stipulates that no more than seven outbreaks should be reported over the past seven days. Since the three new outbreaks occurred in three different types of settings and in different parts of the county, health officials said there is no need for more restrictive measures at this time.
However, the County is pausing on the reopening of additional sectors of the economy, even if the state releases new guidance, until it is safe to do it. Further actions also are possible.
“If we see that a trend is developing, we could take action and close entities, if necessary,” said Wooten, stressing that the County does not expect to shut down sectors of the economy but rather focus on affected businesses where outbreaks are identified.”
While tracking case numbers is important, County health officials said a better indicator is the 14-day average percentage of positive tests which, while slightly rising, continues to hover around 3%. The County will continue to monitor COVID-19 community outbreaks and cases to determine if a trend develops now that more sectors of the economy have reopened.
As the economy reopens and public gatherings increase, health officials stressed the need for San Diegans to continue following the local public health guidance.