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San Diego County restricting COVID-19 testing amid supply shortage

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Posted at 8:34 PM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 10:49:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Officials said Sunday due to changes in the availability of testing supplies, the county is focusing on priority groups for COVID-19 testing.

Going forward, the county is focusing coronavirus testing efforts on priority groups, including those with symptoms. Other high-risk groups that the county is focused on testing include:

  • Healthcare workers, first responders, other social service employees, and people in essential jobs
  • Older adults
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • People living in a residential or group setting, such as a long-term care facility or shelter
  • People exposed to infected individuals in places where COVID-19 risk is high

Those with an existing test appointment will still be able to receive a test.

Sunday, the county reported 558 new coronavirus cases, bringing the region's total to 19,929 cases. No new deaths were reported Sunday, keeping the region's death toll at 422.