San Diego County to Suspend Dining Service as COVID Cases Reach 17,000
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Diffusion: July 7, 2020 | Transcription
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After two weeks of rising COVID-19 cases, San Diego County public health officials on Monday ordered the cessation of all domestic operations in businesses such as bars, restaurants, museums, zoos, card rooms, theaters and family entertainment centers, starting at midnight.
Restaurants open with indoor food service cannot allow new customers inside after 10 p.m. Monday, and all customers must vacate the premises by 11 p.m. Al fresco dining will still be permitted for these restaurants, as will delivery and take out. The restrictions, which go into effect Tuesday at 12:01 am, will be in place for at least three weeks.
âWe need to slow the spread of the coronavirus now to allow our economy to open up and thrive,â County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.
He said “modest adjustments” like those announced on Monday could help prevent large-scale shutdowns again. The changes are in line with restrictions Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed last week on counties on the state’s coronavirus watchlist. San Diego County was added to that list on Friday due to rising case rates.
The new health orders came as authorities reported 274 new cases on Monday, the lowest number reported since June 22. The number of COVID-19 cases reported locally since the start of the pandemic is now 17,000, and the number of deaths remains the same at 387.
Of the 7,667 tests reported on Monday, 4% came back positive. The county’s 14-day daily positive test average is 5.3%.
County public health official Dr Wilma Wooten said more bad news is likely to come.
âDeaths lag behind hospitalizations, which lag behind cases,â she said, comparing the trend to what health officials see with seasonal flu.
Breweries and pubs serving food must cease all on-site consumption as of Tuesday, whether indoors or outdoors – but are allowed to remain open for curbside food and beverage service. drinks, said Fletcher. Cellars and distilleries may have an outside service. Officials did not say why the distinction was made between alcohol-producing companies.
According to Wooten, of the 21 community outbreaks reported in the past seven days, 16 have occurred in restaurants or bars, including on a Monday.
The number of new epidemics is above the threshold of seven in seven days. A community setting is defined as three or more cases of COVID-19 in a setting of different households.
The county was officially added to the state’s watch list – which now includes 23 counties across the state – over the weekend, mainly due to the growing rate of cases per 100,000 residents in the region. San Diego County reported 129.3 cases per 100,000 as of Monday, well above the state’s metric of 100 per 100,000.
On Monday, Newsom noted the addition of San Diego and several other counties to the condition watch list and said he was waiting for an order from the local health authorities in each of those counties to issue an order promulgating the measures.
The counties on the list were also ordered to shut down all of its bars, a decision San Diego County had already taken ahead of the holiday weekend. The county has imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants.
San Diego County health officials reported 1,030 positive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. As of Friday, 468 new cases were reported and another 562 were reported on Saturday.
As of Saturday, cases requiring hospitalization totaled 1,912 or 11.2% of cases and hospitalized cases admitted to an intensive care unit totaled 516 or 3% of cases.
Wooten said people between the ages of 20 and 49 accounted for 57% of all COVID-19 cases reported to date.
San Diego County was the last county in southern California to be on the state’s watch list after seeing a steady rise in daily cases of the coronavirus.
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