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San Diego County sees deadliest day of the pandemic

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Posted at 11:55 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 08:59:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County reported 15 new coronavirus related deaths on Tuesday, marking the deadliest day for the county since the pandemic started.

All but one of the people that died had underlying health conditions, according to San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten.

Tuesday's death toll was released as the City of San Diego opened up its parks at a limited capacity, outlining strict social distancing rules for users

It also comes after weekend rallies of people expressing their frustration with the state's stay at home order.

The state and federal governments had outlined guidelines and indicators before communities should begin slowly reopening.

"It includes a downward trend of not only influenza type illness but a downward projection of the COVID-19 syndromic conditions," Wooten said. "And that's the one that we're not downward trending on. It's erratic at best, some say it's level, but it's not moving in the right direction."

Wooten said they will revisit the situation in a few days.

"We will determine next week what if anything that we can do in terms of dialing down," she said.

Before Tuesday, the April 7 report marked the highest death toll at 12 deaths.