As San Diego residents receive more vaccinations and vaccine supplies continue to ship, the county has officially been downgraded to red tier. It is estimated that 70% of the county’s seniors have received at least their first dose. Additionally, data from the Health and Human Services Agency show a nearly 80% drop in patients suffering from COVID-19 since the peak in January, which marked the deadliest month of the pandemic, with 1027 San Diegans losing their lives, a fatality rate of 1.3%.

As of last week, the adjusted positive case rate fell to 6.8 cases per 100,000 residents, which is just below the threshold of 7 per 100,000, allowing the drop to red tier. 

At the state level, California has extended the vaccination qualifications to those aged 16 to 64 who also have medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and severe obesity. Additionally, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher says more vaccines are on the way to the County, with a 10% increase in supplies this week compared to last week.

This comes as San Diego State University will be using Viejas Arena as a vaccination site. Beginning Tuesday, those eligible may schedule appointments to receive the vaccine at the college site. Meanwhile, the first and largest vaccination superstation at Petco Park closed over the weekend in preparation for the San Diego Padres opening day. The site administered more than 200,000 Moderna vaccines. 

On Monday, health officials reported 30.2% of residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 18.7% have been fully vaccinated.

No deaths were reported Monday, leaving the death toll at 3,494, and there was a 4% positive test rate, bringing the County’s total to 267,917 with a 14-day rolling positive test average of 2.9%. Hospitalizations dropped from 249 Sunday to 226 Monday, with 84 remaining in intensive care units.

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