San Diego reaches 39 positive COVID-19 cases

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County has just released official statistics of current coronavirus cases, following the news that two UCSD healthcare workers, three military members, a fireman/paramedic and a local politician tested positive this week.

None of the cases involve children. Some 29 involve patients between 18 and 64 years old, and 10 cases are patients 65 and older.

Positive Cases in San Diego County Since February 14, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Case Summary San Diego County Residents Federal Quarantine Non-San Diego County Residents Total
Total Positives 33 4 2 39
Age Groups
0-17 years 0 0 0 0
18-64 years 26 2 1 29
65+ years 7 2 1 10
Age Unknown 0 0 0 0
Female 17 2 1 20
Male 16 2 1 19
Unknown 0 0 0 0
Hospitalized 8 3 1 12
Deaths 0 0 0 0

The Navy added safety measures in the San Diego metro area after a sailor from Naval Base San Diego tested “presumptive positive” for the coronavirus. The sailor is quarantined at home and the positive test result is pending confirmation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Navy said that people the sailor identified having close contact with have been notified and are in home isolation.

Another sailor — this one aboard the USS Boxer — tested “presumptive positive” for the virus and is now in isolation at his or her off-base residence, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The case is the first among ship-based U.S. Navy sailors.

“Navy Region Southwest increased health protection conditions at all metro installations,” said Brian O’Rourke, a media officer with the U.S. Navy. “Navy Region Southwest is working closely with our partners in state and local public health departments, and following all guidance from the Department of Defense, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect Navy personnel and visitors to our installations.”

O’Rourke said the following measures will be taken in San Diego:

— Commanders will continue no-touch ID scanning at all entry control points. Personnel are required to present both sides of the ID/credential for screening by a guard.

— Visitor Control Center personnel will use the health questionnaire to screen people seeking access to installations.

— Installations with air terminals in the San Diego area will begin screening using questionnaires of everyone embarking or disembarking flights.

— Installations will provide cleaning products and hand sanitizers for high-traffic facilities and common areas on base.

— Navy commanders should assess the risk of holding any ship tours, large events or mass gatherings.

Two Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar tested positive for the virus, one on Friday and another on Saturday, leading to new health protections on the base.

Effective immediately, drivers entering the gate will hold up ID so guards do not have to touch them. Fitness facilities will have modified hours to increase cleaning throughout the day. Chapel services and base tours are canceled until further notice.

In addition, buffet-style service in meal halls will be suspended, employees eligible for tele-work are required to do so, the VITA tax center will close, the legal assistance center will be restricted to active-duty service members and the administrative photography studio will operate by appointment only and be limited to Promotion Board and command photography until further notice.

The County also announced that it’s now able to test for novel coronavirus and COVID-19 through the San Diego Public Health Lab.  The samples no longer need to be sent to the CDC, so specimens and data can be confirmed much faster.

Meanwhile, bars and restaurants were ordered to close or operate at reduced capacity following Governor Gavin Newsom’s declaration of California’s State of Emergency, an order backed by the CDC to maintain safe distances to curb the spread of the disease.

According to their website, serious illness develops in about 16% of positive cases and are most detrimental to those with underlying health conditions and the elderly populations.  At the current rate, the World Health Organization places the mortality rate from COVID-19 at 3.4%.

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