San Diego County reports 125 new COVID-19 cases, seven more deaths

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County has reported another 125 cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 6,559 cases and 249 deaths.

The total number of cases requiring hospitalization is 1,224 and the cases requiring intensive care are 369, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported.

The five men and two women who died were between ages 51-90 years, the agency said. The dates of deaths of these cases ranged from May 18 to May 21 and all had underlying medical conditions.

On Friday, the county reported 3,795 new tests, with a seven-day average of 3,965. The county has set a goal of 5,200 daily tests.

The estimated number of recovered COVID-19 patients is 4,527, the agency said.

The 14-day rolling average percentage of new positive cases among county residents is 3.4%.

As San Diegans headed for area beaches on the start of the Memorial Day weekend, Lifeguard Services officials said beachgoers seemed to be following county health guidelines issued to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

On Saturday afternoon it was still early to gauge crowd estimates at all coastal beaches, but at La Jolla beaches, it was a “pretty routine” day, according to Marine Safety Lt. Maureen Hodges of Lifeguard Services.

“Lifeguards made some rescues,” Hodges said. “But so far, we’re off to a good start here in La Jolla.”

Lifeguards were focusing on water safety and making sure runners and walkers kept moving on the sand, Hodges said. She  encouraged beachgoers to come to the beach, get their exercising in, then leave.

“We want all San Diegans and visitors to enjoy our beaches,” Lifeguard Chief James Gartland said on Friday. “However, the public health rules that are in place must be followed this weekend. We expect a lot of visitors and will work closely with our partners at San Diego Police Department to make sure everyone stays safe.”

The rules for beaches and shorelines state that only walking and running are allowed. “No stopping, sitting or lying down,” the rules state.

In the ocean, only swimming, surfing, kayaking and single-person paddling are allowed.

In San Diego bays, single-household recreational boating is allowed, along with fishing, but not from the shoreline. No swimming on the bay and Mission Bay Park.

Boardwalks, piers, parking lots and Fiesta Island are closed.

Gatherings and non-physical distancing activities are not allowed anywhere.

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