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Officials report 6 new coronavirus deaths in San Diego

San Diego County officials reported six new deaths from coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the total deaths of county residents to 53.

The number of people in the county who have tested positive for the San Deigo News virus is 1,930, an increase of 83 new cases since Monday.

The latest individuals who died were men aged 63, 79 and 86 and women aged 81, 98 and 100. To date, more than half of the county’s deaths related to COVID-19 have occurred in people over the age of 80.

Hospitalizations increased to 450 since the pandemic first hit San Diego County, 164 of which were sent to the intensive care unit. Those numbers represent growths of 30 and eight, respectively, from Monday.

County health officials estimate 681 positive-testing individuals have recovered since their initial tests. The county and the region’s 23 hospitals have completed 27,048 tests, around 93% of which are returning negative.

Of positive-testing individuals, 23.3% have been hospitalized and 8.5% have been sent to the ICU. The county’s death rate for those testing positive for the illness is 2.7%.

Of the deaths in which race/ethnicity was tracked, 53% were white, 39% Latino and the remaining cases were Asian or multiple races.

It appears early action from local governments and cooperation from the public may have begun “flattening the curve” of cases, officials said.

The trends over the weekend appeared favorable, with slow growth and few additional deaths, but health officials warned against reading too much into the figures. Dr. Eric McDonald, the county’s director of the epidemiology branch, said the public should be looking at long-term trends, and those trends are still increasing.

Even so, the number of recovered patients is growing at a faster clip than those being admitted to the hospital, and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the sacrifices of the public have not gone unnoticed.

“We’ve taken actions guided by data and science,” he said. “Not by politics.”

Fletcher acknowledged Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent efforts to set up a framework for reopening the state and said the county would be following state metrics.

The six metrics Newsom and Fletcher mentioned include: making sure public health officers were tracing contacts of the disease, protecting those most at risk, continuing to increase regional hospital capacity, monitoring latest scientific developments and treatments, adjust businesses and schools to a new normal and making sure the government maintains the ability to authorize protective orders.

Even with the beginnings of a framework for life after COVID-19, Fletcher  Press Release Distribution Service In San Diego admitted too much was unknown.

“The reality is, we still don’t know,” he said in regards to when public health orders would be lifted. “We will move at the guidance and direction of our public health experts.”

Qualifying small businesses in the city of San Diego must apply by Tuesday night for money from the city’s Small Business Relief Fund, which recently received more than $300,000 in donations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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