As of Tuesday, San Diego County will remain in the red tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening roadmap, nearly progressing to the purple tier, which is the highest on the roadmap. San Diego County was on the brink of re-issuing restrictions as Covid-19 cases, mostly coming from the San Diego State University (SDSU) Campus, began to rise.
More than 850 cases have been reported among SDSU students as local officials argue that the state should not count the college's cases as part of the County’s coronavirus metrics.
Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom didn't appear willing to budge on whether students could be excluded from the data count, saying "You can't isolate as if it's on an island. A campus community is part of a larger community, so the answer is no."
With more than 2,000 students living on campus, SDSU is now requiring testing for all on campus residence. About one third of the current cases are from students living on campus, while many others live within blocks of the school, but local health officials say they cannot require testing for students living off campus.
Based on state data, which is updated each Tuesday, San Diego County is experiencing 6.9 new cases per 100,000 people per day, just 0.1 away from being placed in the purple tier.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors met Monday in a closed session, discussing potential action, including legal action, should the state data indicate the county will be placed in the purple tier.
"In general, I believe we should be fighting COVID-19 and not the state of California," County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. "We do not yet know what our case rate will be next Tuesday and will have to evaluate that number in order to understand any possible impact."
348 new COVID-19 infections were reported by county public health officials and no new deaths on Monday, raising the region's total cases to 44,925 with the death toll remaining at 760. Of the 6,374 tests reported on Monday, 5% returned positive, bringing the 14-day rolling average of positive tests to 3.7%. The seven-day daily average of tests is 8,440.
Of the total positive cases reported as of Sunday, 3,418 -- or 7.6% -- required hospitalization and 801 -- or 1.8% -- had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.