SAN DIEGO–A second San Diego County resident has died from COVID-19, and two infants have been diagnosed with the disease.
Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., reported during a news conference Tuesday that the 76-year-old man had significant health issues. Wooten also noted the first two San Diego County cases of coronavirus disease in infants, a 6-week-old boy and a 4-month-old girl. Both are currently isolated in their homes.
Cases are increasing daily and Wooten doesn’t expect a downturn anytime soon.
“Things are likely to get worse before they get better. We do not believe that the local wave of COVID-19 cases has yet crested,” said Wooten. “It’s incumbent upon on all of us to do our part to flatten the curve.”
Through 5 p.m. Tuesday, the County total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 242, 12 more than Monday. Two San Diego County residents have died.
Of the total, 226 were San Diego County residents and 16 were non-residents.
Of the 242 cases, two are less than 9 years old, three are between 10 and 19 years old, 163 were people between the ages of 20 and 49; 33 were between 50 and 59; and 41 were 60 or older. The County’s daily coronavirus in San Diego webpage now also breaks down the number of cases by city and unincorporated communities.
At the news conference, Sheriff Bill Gore said his department has not issued any citations for violations of the state and county’s public health orders that close certain businesses and require social distancing.
“We’re choosing instead to get voluntary compliance and so far, that’s what we received,” Gore said.
If that changes, the Sheriff’s Department will start to issue citations, which carry up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.