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San Diego as cases appear on docked cruise ship COVID-19

Why not mention that crew were being held in isolation after showing mild respiratory symptoms? McDonald said it’s not out of the ordinary for a cruise ship to pull into port with a few of its crew members or passengers under the weather even when there is not a COVID epidemic underway.

“There is always a little low-grade respiratory illness and viral illness on these ships,” McDonald said. “That’s just the nature of the cruise industry. When you have that many people in one place, some of them naturally get sick.”

McDonald said that there is a public health value in allowing cruise passengers to quickly leave town. Keeping large numbers of patients in closed environments like ships San Diego News increases the odds they might eventually become infected, and it could also increase the number of shipboard patients who end up checking into local hospitals.

“We know that the best place for these cruise ship passengers to complete their 14-day quarantines is in their own individual homes,” McDonald said.

The impact on local hospitals will not evaporate in a day. Several ships with no passengers aboard have lingered in San Diego, and McDonald said one anchored outside the harbor transported a crew member to a local hospitial with what was believed to be a cardiac emergency Tuesday.

Though the number of cases being reported south of the border has been lower than it has in San Diego, there are signs that COVID activity is beginning to pick up in Baja California.

A 70-year-old man in Mexicali became the first person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis to die in Baja California, according to the Secretary of Health Alonso Pérez Rico.

The man suffered from hypertension and obesity. He was hospitalized four days ago in Mexicali and died Monday afternoon.

State health officials have confirmed 33 coronavirus cases across Baja California. In Mexicali, there are 22 cases. In Tijuana, there are 11.

It is likely that many more cases exist in the region. As has been the case in the United States, clinicians are unable to test everyone with symptoms, meaning many cases are going unrecorded. According to the Mexican government, just 300 people have been tested in Baja, a state with 3.3 million people.

Back up north in San Diego, word of a new cluster of cases linked to a pharmacy in El Cajon spread on social media Tuesday afternoon. Many said that associated cases are connected to a pharmacy in the area that’s popular among El Cajon’s vibrant Chaldean Christian community. Though he did not confirm any specific location, McDonald did affirm that an active cluster of cases has been identified in that part of the county which involves four cases and one death.

In its daily COVID briefing, county officials said that the public health department has now distributed 1.1 million items of personal protective equipment to local health care providers, including nearly 500,000 N95 masks and more than 530,000 gloves.

Officials also shared the most information they have to date on the Press Release Distribution Services In San Diego cumulative state of mechanical ventilators in area hospitals. As of Tuesday, there were 481 ventilators available for immediate use, though five of the area’s hospitals aren’t yet reporting their totals. Though it wasn’t explicitly stated, that number appears to be the local number of ventilators not currently in use by a patient. A few weeks ago, county officials said the total countywide, not counting those in military hospitals, was 826.

The county also said it has taken steps to increase its ventilator supply, requesting 600 from state emergency stores and ordering 125 on the open market.

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