For second-straight day, San Diego County reports more than 600 new coronavirus cases

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 20:46:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County reported 625 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the region's second-highest daily increase of cases reported by officials.

San Diego County's new cases reported a 6% positive rate out of 10,290 tests. Of the county's cases, 2,180 (9.4%) have needed hospitalization. Health officials add that 2.5% of all cases and 26% of hospitalized cases have been moved to the ICU.

An additional six deaths due to COVID-19 were also reported, the county said. The deaths occurred between July 8 and July 16, and included four women and two men whose ages ranged from 60 to mid-90s. All had existing chronic conditions, the county said. The region's death toll is now at 478 deaths.

DATA: See San Diego County's COVID-19 case data

Three new community outbreaks were identified on Friday, according to the county — one in a restaurant/bar, one in a gym, and one in a government setting. A community outbreak is considered three or more confirmed cases from the same place.

As of Saturday, the county has 15 community outbreaks in seven days, more than double the trigger of seven community outbreaks in a week.