Supervisor Desmond on California to let gyms, bars, day camps reopen next week

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County health officials have reported 165 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths, while announcing cities could open beach parking lots on Tuesday.

Officials said Saturday cities throughout the county could open beach parking lots at their discretion. Members of the same household will also be allowed to participate in active sports together, such as football, soccer or volleyball.

“Throughout our battle against COVID-19, my goal has always been to open more businesses and continue our momentum while keeping people safe, especially protecting those that are vulnerable, said County Supervisor Jim Desmond. Over the last two weeks, we’ve seen our restaurants, retail businesses, hair salons and barbershops open safely, without any major spikes in Coronavirus cases or capacity issues in hospitals. While our testing has increased, the percentages of positive tests have gone down and continues to trend down.”

The COVID-19 cases reported Saturday, along with two deaths, brings the county’s totals to 8,345 cases and 296 deaths.

The deaths included a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s. Both victims had underlying conditions, the county said.

Of those testing positive, 1,416 have been hospitalized and 401 have been admitted to an intensive care unit.

Of 3,863 tests reported to the county Friday, 4% were positive new cases.

The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive tests is 3.1%.

Although the region has not yet seen a spike in COVID-19 cases following both Memorial Day reopenings and demonstrations with thousands taking to the streets to protest police brutality, San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said the county is still well within the incubation period for the illness from those dates.

 

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