By County News Center
San Diego, CA–COVID-19 activity remains high in the San Diego region, the County Health and Human Services Agency said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved San Diego County to the high-risk level for COVID-19 nearly three weeks ago, and cases continue to trend high.
The CDC’s high-risk community level means COVID-19 is widespread throughout the region and San Diegans should continue taking precautions to slow the spread of the virus. Residents should wear a mask indoors when in public, get all the vaccine doses and boosters, stay home if they are sick and get tested, avoid crowded places, and take other precautions, such as washing their hands and staying away from people who are visibly sick.
The County continues to follow the California Department of Public Health’s SMARTER plan, which recommends vaccination, use of masks, testing, and treatment among other things.
“San Diegans should do what they can to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “If you feel sick, stay home, get tested for COVID-19, and talk to your doctor about treatment options.”
Treatment is available and can help prevent severe infection, but it is important to seek help as soon as possible to see if it’s right for you.
Treatment centers and medical offices in the region may offer oral antiviral pills, such as Paxlovid and/or monoclonal antibodies delivered as an intravenous infusion. A provider will determine what treatment option is best for each individual patient based on their symptoms, age, and potential underlying conditions.
Treatment is available to individuals who meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for the medications, including those who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19: Adults age 50 or older, people of color, lower economic status, people with underlying condition(s), and unvaccinated San Diegans.
To determine which treatment, talk to your doctor or health care provider, or call 2-1-1 to find a provider.