With Arizona being one of the epicenters of a huge spike of coronavirus cases, the concern is growing throughout San Diego about the threat posed by travelers from that state here this time of year for the Fourth of July.
“We expect anybody who comes to San Diego, from Arizona, Riverside County or anywhere else, to abide by the local health order and follow the rules,” said Michael Workman, director of communications for San Diego County.
Workman pointed out that only a fraction of the people in San Diego County who’ve tested positive for the virus thus far have come from Arizona. “Out of the 1,500 positive cases, only 16 have come from Arizona,” he said adding, “Seven people in the last seven days have tested positive from Arizona.”
Workman noted that the standard influx of Arizonans coming to San Diego for the Fourth of July holiday weekend is concerning. “A lot of people from there will be coming here because we have nice beaches that are now open,” he said. “You would think that, if there were an uptick in numbers, that it might be them.”
Asked about concerns with the summer “invasion” of San Diego from Arizona, the San Diego Tourism Authority released this statement: “Our destination and our tourism businesses have worked diligently to reopen responsibly and are closely following the State of California and County of San Diego guidelines to ensure we can safely welcome visitors back to our region.
“The SDTA will continue to align our marketing efforts with local community readiness, following the advice of our public health officials. In addition, our marketing efforts are centered around safe travel, which includes the Safe Destination Pledge for businesses and the Safe Traveler Pledge for our visitors.”
Confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 2.5 million recently as a crushing new spike of infections continued to occur throughout the country’s South and West. Across the nation, 40,587 new daily cases were reported.
Florida, Texas, and Arizona are emerging as the country’s latest epicenters after reporting record numbers of new infections for weeks in a row. Positivity rates and hospitalizations have also spiked in those states.