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San Diego County reports 634 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new community outbreaks

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 19:12:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County reported 634 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number of new cases reported over one day thus far.

The new cases were out of 9,224 tests reported to the county on Friday — a 7% positive result — and bring the region's COVID-19 case total to 22,489 cases.

County health leaders also reported seven more deaths due to the virus on Friday. The victims died between July 7 and July 15 and include three women and four men, whose ages ranged from early 50s to mid-90s. All had existing chronic conditions. The county's death toll is now at 472 deaths.

Two new community setting outbreaks were also reported, both traced to restaurants, the county says. The county does not name the businesses that community outbreaks are traced to, officials have previously said. In the past week, there have been 13 community outbreaks — nearly double the county's trigger of seven outbreaks in seven days.

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Of the county's total cases, 2,154 (or 9.6%) have needed hospitalization, while 2.5% of all cases and 26.1% of hospitalized cases have been admitted to intensive care.

The county's current rolling 14-day average is 6.1% positive tests. Officials say the county's target rate is under 8%.

But the county says it's still falling short on its case rate (154.3) and case investigation (24%) triggers. San Diego's case rate trigger is greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days, while the trigger for investigations is 70% or less within 24 hours of notification over seven days.

The county is also still well above the state's case rate threshold of no more than 100 cases per 100,000 people, or more than 25 cases per 100,000 people and higher than 8% positivity.

The new numbers come as California announces that counties that are on the state's watch list for 14 consecutive days will not be allowed to reopen for in-person school in the fall. San Diego County was placed on the monitoring list on July 3.