Newsom: San Diego County's removal from California's COVID-19 monitoring list 'likely tomorrow'

Posted at 12:38 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 16:03:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County remained on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list as of Monday, but Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a news conference that the county could be dropped from the list by Tuesday.

Sunday, Aug. 16, was the fifth consecutive day San Diego County reported fewer than 100 positive coronavirus tests.

State and county officials have said counties would be removed from the monitoring list if rates remain below 100 positive cases per 100,000 people for three straight days.

Of the state's 58 counties, 42 remain on that list; five counties were added, with Santa Cruz County falling off Aug. 14.

"This is a dynamic list. People come on, people come off, the numbers shift every single week," Newsom said Monday. "I anticipate this week the numbers to shift again and it looks like, all things being equal and the latest reporting period -- 24-hour reporting period, which we will have later this evening -- it's very likely San Diego will join the list of those counties removed. So, likely tomorrow."

County health officials were expected to announce the latest local statistics on Monday afternoon.

For K-12 schools to potentially reopen for in-person instruction, San Diego County will have to reach 14 straight days with positive virus cases below 100 per 100,000 people.

As many as 48 elementary schools in the county have filed waivers that in hopes of returning to in-person classes.