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Data: San Diego County reports 164 community outbreaks since March

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 20:56:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — There have been 137 community outbreaks reported in San Diego County since June 1, according to San Diego County health officials.

Since March 25, the county has reported 164 community outbreaks that have resulted in 1,220 coronavirus cases:

  • March: 3
  • April: 16
  • May: 8
  • June: 34
  • July: 93
  • August: 10

County officials broke those numbers down from June 1, 2020, to Aug. 4, 2020, where the majority of community outbreaks have been reported at restaurant/bar and business settings. See the data below:

The county adds that community outbreaks between June and August from business, restaurant, and restaurant/bar settings have resulted in a total of 212 cases in June, 508 cases in July, and 48 cases in August.

On Wednesday, the county reported 30 community outbreaks, much high than the county's trigger of seven in a week.

Even though a restaurant or restaurant/bar is linked to a community outbreak, County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten says that doesn't mean a business is failing to adhere to public health orders.

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"It may not mean there's anything going on wrong at the restaurant or at the restaurant/bar," Wooten said. "Most of our outbreaks we do deploy an assessment team and if they are restaurants, the Department of Environmental Health has taken that role until, as of Tuesday, when that will now be under the (county) compliance program."

Wooten said investigators visit a reported business and make sure they are adhering to signage, social distancing, face covering, and sanitation measures.

The county has said in the past it doesn't name locations where a community outbreak was traced to in order to encourage businesses to cooperate with COVID-19 case contact tracers.