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Latest Coronavirus Impacts: 63 Total Deaths, Nearly 2,100 Have Tested Positive

The coronavirus pandemic reached San Diego County in March 2020. Each day, local health officials give us updates on the spread of the novel coronavirus in our region. We will bring you the latest news here, every day. You can count on us.

COVID-19 Patients in San Diego County

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials confirmed there have been 2,087 total positive COVID-19 cases and 63 deaths since Feb. 14, 2020. The county on April 3 reported its largest single-day jump with 146 new positive cases but warned that the spike is not telling of the overall trend.
The number of people actually infected with the disease is likely much higher because not everyone needs to be tested, including the close contacts of positive patients that are often presumed to have the disease. Eric McDonald, Medical Director with the County Epidemiology Immunization Branch, estimated the actual number of people with COVID-19 is around 10 times the reported total.

This data is not a full representation of cases. There has been very limited testing so far. Therefore, the actual number of cases per zip code could vary greatly. Officials with the County Health and Human Services Agency say the number of people infected with COVID-19 in San Diego is around 10 times the reported total.
Other Data: Is San Diego County "flattening the curve?"; COVID-19 case totals by age and genderMap of case totals by city of residence; Case totals by race/ethnicity; Tests reported by day; Statistics regarding hospitalized patients; Statistics regarding deceased patients.
The county's total includes several San Diego-based military service members who have tested positive. Because the Department of Defense has and conducts its own tests, there may be an abnormal number of cases among the military. County health officials again warn this is why following the day-to-day numbers can only tell so much about San Diego's coronavirus trends.
It has not been confirmed whether all the following cases reported directly to NBC 7 have been included in the county's case count.

Coronavirus Pandemic: April Updates

April 16
San Diego County reported three additional deaths, bringing the county's total to 63. The ages range between late 30s to late 70s. There were 2,087 total positive cases in San Diego.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer confirmed that two additional San Diego police officers had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total within the department to four.
The county of San Diego also said that they would increase testing of the homeless population gathered at the San Diego Convention Center. The tests were donated by the Lucky Duck Foundation and the aim is to quickly identify and isolate possible contamination among the vulnerable group.
The U.S. Attorney's Office charged a Carmel Valley-based physician with mail fraud in connection with the attempted sale of a "COVID-19 miracle cure" he claimed was 100% effective. The doctor told an undercover FBI agent his treatment was "a remarkable clinical phenomenon."
April 15
Seven additional reported deaths brought the county's total to 60 on Wednesday. All had underlying medical conditions and their ages ranged from the mid-60s to 100 years old. There were 2,012 positive cases.
A COVID-19 testing site in North County was given an order to shut down because they had not provided San Diego County public health officials with the proper documentation to prove that proper regulations were being followed to conduct one of its two tests, an antibody test.
The testing site had not yet stopped operating Wednesday afternoon to which County Epidemiologist Dr. Eric McDonald said, "I can tell you what my reaction is that if I was waiting in line to get a test I would get out of line."
April 14
San Diego County reported six additional deaths on Tuesday, all among people over 60 years of age. All but one were between 79 and 100 years old.

That brings the total number of people who have died from COVID-19 to 53. There was also a significant jump in cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,930 confirmed positives.
The county reiterated that day-by-day numbers are less telling than weeks-long looks at trends.
“In San Diego, we have been generally successful in flattening the curve because we took early action... actions we took were based on data, on science, on the advice of public health officials,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.
San Diego County health officials and civic leaders addressed California Gov. Gavin Newsom's six-step guide to returning to normal life saying that, while a plan is in the works, action shouldn't be expected in the immediate future. The county will follow California's lead but April still needs to be a month of action, Fletcher said.
Also, The U.S. Marshals said that seven inmates at the Otay Mesa Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19. They were being kept away from other detainees, according to a statement.
April 13
Two women, one in her late 90s and a 100-year-old, died of COVID-19, bringing the San Diego County's total to 47 deaths due to the diseased caused by the novel coronavirus.

Of the nearly 50 deaths reported by the county, all but two had underlying medical conditions, County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten said. Nearly half of the deaths reported were part of outbreaks at congregant facilities, Wooten said.
There have been 1,847 positive COVID-19 cases in San Diego County.
The U.S. Navy also reported two more sailors aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy have contracted COVID-19. Both were taken off the hospital ship --which is San Diego-based but currently assisting overfilled hospitals in Los Angeles -- and placed into isolation.
In all, seven USNS Mercy crew members have contracted the disease in less than a week. The first case was reported on Wednesday.
A Navy sailor aboard the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt has died of coronavirus-related complications after he spent days in intensive care, according to the Navy. It also reported 585 positive and 3,921 negative results among the ship's crewmembers.
April 12
County health officials reported no additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the county, keeping the total at 45. There have been 1,804 total positive cases from 25,234 reported tests, according to the county.

April 11
County health officials reported 1,761 total COVID-19 cases and 45 deaths in San Diego County from 24,430 reported tests.

The individual who died was a man in his early 80s with underlying health conditions, health officials said.
In Otay Mesa, protestors clashed with law enforcement as they claimed CoreCivic, the company that manages the site, is not doing enough to protect migrant detainees from COVID-19.
In Guam, 550 crewmembers of the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, the Navy said.
April 10
Four more people have died due to COVID-19 in San Diego County, bringing the total number of deaths to 44. County health officials said all but two had underlying medical conditions.

There were 65 new cases reported Friday for a total of 1,693.
County health officials reported Friday 19 outbreaks in congregant facilities which include skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers. This includes 180 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths. They explained that half of the total deaths reported in San Diego County have been in congregant facilities.
April 9
Four more people have died due to COVID-19 in San Diego County, bringing the total number of deaths in our region relating to the disease to 40. The youngest person to die from the new coronavirus was three months old; the oldest was 100.

There were nearly 100 new positive cases reported Thursday for a total of 1,628.
Of the testing that has been reported, 93% has been negative, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. Nearly 22,100 tests have been reported to the county since data collecting began.
The county also amended its public health order again to require employees in the bank and transportation industries to wear face coverings. This includes ride-share drivers. Employees of these segments have until Monday at midnight to comply.
Officials also highlighted a “drive-thru” emergency food and toilet paper distribution event for low-income families and seniors in Chula Vista, which will take place on Friday.
April 8
County health officials said there have been 1,530 total cases and 36 deaths in San Diego County from 21,178 reported tests.

New demographic data about the COVID-19 deaths was also released. Of the 36 reported deaths, two were ages 20-29, four were ages 50-59, three were ages 60-69, nine were ages 70-79, and 18 were age 80 or older. Also of the 36 deaths, 14 were women and 22 were men.
County health officials also amended the Public Health Order to prohibit non-essential gatherings of any size. Previously, gatherings of 10 or more people were not allowed.
A Port of San Diego Harbor Police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, the port said. The individual has not worked since March 20 and began feeling sick after that day. The port said it determined the officer has not been in contact with any other Port employees or Port facilities since that time.
A medical treatment facility crewmember on the San Diego-based USNS Mercy has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is isolated on board and will soon be transferred off the ship, the Navy said.
April 7
County health officials said there have been 1,454 total cases and 31 deaths in San Diego County. Dr. Wilma Wooten said the increased number of deaths should not be cause for alarm because reported deaths typically lag behind reported cases.

April 6
San Diego County public health officials will begin reporting the breakdown of COVID-19 cases among races, officials said, noting that among the now-1,404 confirmed cases, the racial breakdown tracked closely with county demographics.

No new deaths were reported Monday but County Epidemiologist Dr. Eric McDonald noted that death reports often lag because of a variety of reporting factors.
An employee who works at the county's Emergency Operations Center has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent to employees.
The Metropolitan Transit System said that due to a decrease in ridership, bus routes and a limited amount of trolley service would need to reduce frequency. The changes will go into effect on April 13. The transit agency also confirmed their first COVID-19 case among their bus operators.
County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher clarified an amendment to the public health order regarding facial coverings. Any business has the right to refuse service to a patron who is not utilizing a face covering, although the county has not deemed face coverings mandatory for citizens.
Fletcher also said at least 10,000 San Diegans have already taken on a new "Stay at Home" pledge that encourages staying inside and wearing masks if leaving the house for essential duties, like grocery shopping or doctor visits. To take the pledge.
On the national level, Transportation Security Administration announced airline passengers will be allowed to wear cloth face coverings during the screening process. Passengers will have to adjust their masks so an officer can confirm their identity, however.
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