For the third day in a row, the County’s Health and Human Services Agency is reporting record-high numbers of new Covid-19 infections. After four days of more than 300 new cases a day this week, the County is reporting 440 new cases on June 26, bringing the total number to 12,401.
In addition to increasing case numbers, the County also met one of the 13 metrics officials are monitoring that could trigger new restrictions. The average number of hospitalized patients with confirmed Covid-19 infection has increased by 19% in the last three days compared to the three days prior. The measure states the increase should not be greater than 10%.
Despite this metric being triggered, the local hospital systems still have capacity. The County will continue to monitor this and all other metrics closely to make sure the increases do not indicate a trend.
Health Officials Call for Vigilance
Given the increasing number of cases in the region and additional triggers being met, County health officials are urging San Diegans to remain vigilant.
“The spike in cases in recent days shows that the pandemic is far from over and we must all continue to do our part to keep infection numbers down,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “This includes wearing a face covering when out in public, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home if you are sick.”
In addition, San Diegans should maintain social distancing and continue to keep six feet apart from those who are not members of the same household and avoid crowded places.
Young People More Impacted by Covid-19
San Diegans 20 to 29 years old are now 21% of cases, the highest of any 10-year age groups. More than half of the Covid D-19 cases in the County are in people between 20 and 49 years old.
While young people, especially those who do not have any pre-existing conditions, are at a lower risk of experiencing the most severe outcomes of Covid-19, they are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
“Younger individuals can infect older friends, relatives or colleagues even if they are not showing any symptoms of the virus,” Wooten said.