The County Administrative Board received its first update of the year on the region’s COVID-19 response. This was also the first public COVID-19 briefing for the three new board members sworn in last week.
The board voted to increase the enforcement of businesses and operations that are not in line with the secure reopening plans and expanded the Great Plates Delivered program, which provides free meals and income support programs. The Board also voted to ensure that enforcement efforts are applied consistently based on scientific data on how and where COVID-19 is spread.
Board members also instructed staff to investigate whether it is possible to exclude companies that have repeatedly violated public health orders from eligibility for COVID-1
To date, the county has received more than 17,000 complaints about violations of health orders, and the county’s Safe Reopening Compliance Team has issued 335 orders for termination and rejection. Complaints about violations have increased exponentially since the region moved into the Purple Tier in November with more than half of all complaints filed in the last month.
COVID-19 Vaccine rollout
Right now, vaccine supply is limited and only San Diegans are falling in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution can be vaccinated. This primarily includes people working in health care, and employees and residents in long-term care facilities. Healthcare professionals who are eligible to be vaccinated at this time are encouraged to first contact their medical provider to request a vaccination.
Phase 1A eligible residents who are unable to be vaccinated through their healthcare provider can make an appointment online at www.VaccinationSuperStationSD.com. Appointments are limited and individuals are encouraged to check the website regularly if they are unable to secure an appointment right away.
“We understand that the demand for COVID-19 vaccination is high and that our community has many questions about the vaccination process,” said Nick Macchione, director of the County Health and Human Services Agency. The county will soon roll out a website feature that clarifies the level system and allows the public to sign up for announcements about when and where they can get their COVID-19 vaccine. A dashboard is also being developed to show how many San Diegans have been vaccinated with their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. ”
ICU capacity and stay at home order:
- The current Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed availability in Southern California is 0.0% and is updated daily by the state.
- That Regional residence order is in force and prohibits collections of any size with people from other households and adds restrictions for multiple sectors.
- The order lasts until the region’s ICU availability meets or exceeds 15%.
Outbreaks of community settings:
- Six new societal outbreaks were confirmed on January 11: two in business settings, one in a distribution warehouse setting, one in a faith-based agency, one in a government setting, and one in a health setting.
- During the last seven days (January 5 to January 11), 48 outbreaks of community were confirmed.
- The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
- An outbreak of community settings is defined as three or more cases of COVID-19 in one setting and in people from different households during the last 14 days.
- 18,119 tests were reported to the county on Jan. 11, and the percentage of new positive cases was 19%.
- The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 13.8%. The target is less than 8.0%.
- The 7-day daily average of tests is 27,474.
- People at higher risk for COVID-19 with or without symptoms should be tested. People with symptoms should be tested. Healthcare and key workers should also get a test as well as people who have had close contact with a positive cause or live in communities that are highly affected. Those who have recently returned from the trip, or who have attended holiday gatherings, are also encouraged to be tested.
- 3,524 cases were reported to the county on January 11th. The total number of the region is now 198,319.
- 6,313 or 3.2% of all cases have required admission.
- 1,273 or 0.6% of all cases and 20.2% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.
- 41 new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the county on 11 January. The region’s total number is now 1,898.
- 14 women and 27 men died between December 17 and January 10.
- Of the 41 reported new deaths, 16 were dead, 80 years or older, eight people were in their 70s, 14 people were in their 60s, two people were in their 50s and one person was in their 40s.
- 34 had underlying medical conditions, one did not, and six had medical history awaited.
The more detailed data overviews can be found at County’s coronavirus-sd.com Web site updated around 17 daily.