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County reports 306 new cases, no new COVID-19 deaths

REGION — San Diego County public health officials reported 306 newly confirmed cases and no additional deaths from COVID-19, bringing the county’s totals to 29,883 cases while the death toll remained at 565.

No new community outbreaks of the illness were identified Saturday. In the previous seven days, 37 community outbreaks were confirmed.

Of the 5,655 tests reported Saturday, 5% were positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 5.3%. The state’s target is fewer than 8% of tests returning positive.

Of the total positive cases, 2,577 — or 8.6% — required hospitalization and 652 — or 2.2% — were admitted to an intensive care unit.

According to county data, 57% of adult San Diego County residents have underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and lung disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. These conditions put such people at higher risk for serious illness should they contract COVID-19.

Of the total hospitalized during the pandemic due to the illness, 71% have been 50 or older. The highest age group testing positive for the illness are those 20-29, and that group is also least likely to take precautionary measures to avoid spreading the illness, a county statement said.

“Some San Diegans think they’re not going to get sick and therefore are not following the public health guidance,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “What they don’t realize is that they could get infected and pass the virus to others who are vulnerable.”

County residents ages 20-29 have accounted for 25.5% percent of COVID- 19 cases thus far, the highest of any age group, according to county data. The age group with the second-highest number of infections — residents ages 30-39 — represent 18.9% of the county’s COVID-19 cases.

As of Sunday, the county’s case rate was at 120.4 per 100,000 people. A week ago, the case rate was 144 per 100,000 people.

County Supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher said they would bring a plan for a safe reopening compliance team before the full Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday. The team would supplement health order enforcement, including investigating egregious violations, outbreaks and conducting regular checks of the county’s more than 7,500 food facilities.

New enforcement could include a compliance hotline for tips, additional staff for investigations and outbreaks and coordination with cities to send a team to conduct investigations.