Supervisor Jim Desmond says State’s tiered system is flawed

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County public health officials have reported 443 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths from the illness, raising the county’s cumulative totals to 40,342 cases and 704 fatalities.

Two women and one man died between July 29 and Sept 3. Their ages ranged from early 70s to early 80s. All three had underlying medical conditions.

San Diego County’s state-calculated case rate is 5.8 and the testing positivity percentage is 3.8%.

Of 7,445 tests reported Friday, 6% returned positive, raising the county’s 14-day rolling positive testing rate to 4.2%, well below the state’s 8% guideline. The seven-day average number of tests performed in the county is 7,102.

Of the total positive cases in the county, 3,199 — or 7.9% — have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 768 — or 1.9% — were admitted to an intensive care unit.

County health officials reported four new community outbreaks Friday, bringing the number of outbreaks in the past week to 20. One of the outbreaks was in a government setting, two in restaurants, and one in a hotel/resort/spa setting.

The number of community outbreaks remains well above the county’s goal of fewer than seven in a seven-day span. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households in the past 14 days.

San Diego State University reported another 120 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases among its student population Friday, raising the university’s total caseload to 184 since fall semester began Aug. 24.

County Supervisor Jim Desmond joined Good Morning San Diego and said “the State’s tiered system that took effect Monday is flawed, deeply flawed and the one-size-fits-all approach is so stifling to business sectors that they will still struggle to reopen, stay open and keep people employed.”

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