COVID-19 has largely impacted our world in the past few weeks. We are tracking important news and regulations that directly affect the San Diego community, and will be continually updating this page. Find the latest coronavirus-related updates below.
July 6th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 17,000 total positive COVID-19 cases and 387 total deaths.
Starting Tuesday, San Diego County officials have halted all indoor operations at bars, restaurants, museums, zoos, theaters, and family entertainment centers for at least three weeks.
Outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout will still be allowed for restaurants.
Breweries and pubs serving food must stop all indoor and outdoor consumption, but can remain open for curbside service of food and beverages.
July 5th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 16,789 total positive COVID-19 cases and 387 total deaths.
July 4th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 16,726 total positive COVID-19 cases and 387 total deaths.
July 3rd, 2020: San Diego County officials report 15,696 total positive COVID-19 cases and 387 total deaths.
San Diego County officials have ordered that parking lots at San Diego beaches be closed for the upcoming July 4th weekend to reduce crowds.
July 2nd, 2020: San Diego County officials report 15,207 total positive COVID-19 cases and 377 total deaths.
Balboa Park Museums, including the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego History Center, and the Museum of Photographic Arts among others will be open starting Friday.
June 30th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 14,149 total positive COVID-19 cases and 365 total deaths.
Starting Wednesday, all San Diego County restaurants have been ordered to close by 10 p.m.
June 29th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 13,832 total positive COVID-19 cases and 361 total deaths.
Starting Wednesday, all bars, breweries, and wineries have been instructed to close due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in San Diego County.
June 27th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 12,837 total positive COVID-19 cases and 360 total deaths.
On Friday, San Diego officials were forced to close down the restaurant, Hernandez Hideaway in Escondido, due to non-compliance with the COVID-19 health order.
June 23rd, 2020: San Diego County officials report 11,294 total positive COVID-19 cases and 341 total deaths.
Chula Vista officials have announced that they will not be hosting their annual events, such as its FourthFest, and fireworks show, for the Fourth of July this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 22nd, 2020: San Diego County officials report 11,096 total positive COVID-19 cases and 338 total deaths.
The restaurants and shops at the Centre at Lexus Escondido are open, although with various restrictions.
June 17th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 9,854 total positive COVID-19 cases and 327 total deaths.
June 16th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 9,610 total positive COVID-19 cases and 320 total deaths.
Starting Wednesday, San Diego public, charter, and private schools will be allowed to hold on-campus classes if they are in compliance with state guidance surrounding the prevention of the spread of the virus. This does not apply to colleges or universities at this time.
June 12th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 9,130 total positive COVID-19 cases and 313 total deaths.
Starting today, the San Diego Air and Space Museum will reopen. Everyone will be required to wear masks inside of the museum and there will be smaller crowds and enforced social distancing.
June 11th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 8,998 total positive COVID-19 cases and 308 total deaths.
Beginning Friday, indoor movie theaters will be allowed to reopen, with a maximum of 25% of the room’s capacity. The San Diego Zoo will reopen on June 20th, 2020.
June 10th, 2020: Beginning Friday, Balboa Park Central Mesa will reopen, and all Balboa Park parking lots will be open 100%.
Also beginning Friday, the following businesses will be allowed to reopen given that they follow county safety plans and standards: schools, television and movie production, professional sports without fans, bars, hotels, Airbnbs, gyms, swimming pools, aquariums, and zoos.
June 9th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 8,729 total positive COVID-19 cases and 301 total deaths.
June 8th, 2020: Beginning Monday, East and West Mission Bay Parks will be open to the public for park and water use. Additionally, all parking lots will be open. Fiesta Island will be open to pedestrians, dogs, and cyclists, but not to vehicles. Visitors are still asked to practice social distancing.
Beginning Tuesday, all city piers and boardwalks in San Diego will also reopen.
June 7th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 8,476 total positive COVID-19 cases and 296 total deaths.
June 1st, 2020: San Diego County officials report 7,554 total positive COVID-19 cases and 269 total deaths.
Beginning Tuesday the county will allow passive activities at the beaches, such as sunbathing. However, beach parking lots and piers remain closed.
May 27th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 6,983 total positive COVID-19 cases and 255 total deaths.
Some malls have reopened such as Fashion Valley, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and Las Americas effective May 26th.
Hair salons and barbers are now allowed to reopen in San Diego as their reopening plan has been approved by Governor Newsom, effective May 26th. Click here to view the new guidelines for opening hair salons and barber shops.
May 24th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 6,797 total positive COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths.
Several San Diego restaurants and bars have reopened their dining areas with the following rules:
- A face mask is required until seated
- Reservations for most restaurants are required
- Tables will be placed six feet apart and are dine-in only with household members
- Stay home if feeling sick
For more information regarding the current changes in restaurants, click here. The FDA states that there is currently no evidence of an association between food and transmission of COVID-19.
In-person retail stores are also allowed to reopen with similar requirements to restaurants and bars. For more information regarding these requirements, click here.
Beginning May 26th, San Diego Public Library will be offering a contactless pickup service for claiming and returning books. Click here to learn more about the new contactless pickup for library books.
May 21st, 2020: San Diego County officials report 6,315 total positive COVID-19 cases and 241 total deaths.
May 20th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 6,140 total positive COVID-19 cases and 240 total deaths.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces restaurant dining and in-store retail will be reopening. This constitutes moving to stage 2B of the four-stage reopening plan. Click here to read about the new safety requirements restaurants must comply with.
May 19th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 6,026 total positive COVID-19 cases and 222 total deaths.
May 18th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 5,946 total positive COVID-19 cases and 211 total deaths.
Governor Newsom announces new criteria which may allow California counties to reopen faster. The criteria for San Diego County includes:
- Less than 25 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days OR Less than 8% testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 7 days.
May 16th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 5,662 total positive COVID-19 cases and 209 deaths.
May 15th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 5,523 total positive COVID-19 cases and 208 deaths.
May 14th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 5,391 total positive COVID-19 cases and 200 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 113 and the number of new deaths is 6.
Dental offices will be reopening Monday, May 18th, but with major changes. To read about these changes, click here.
May 13th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 5,278 total positive COVID-19 cases and 194 total deaths. The number of positive cases since yesterday is 117 and the number of new deaths is 4.
San Diego is allowing even more businesses to open as soon as they create a safe reopening plan. These businesses include malls(for curbside pickup), car washes, pet grooming, landscaping, and outdoor museums. For more information, click here.
May 12th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 5,161 total positive COVID-19 cases and 190 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 96 and the number of new deaths is 15.
California sets guidelines for dine-in restaurants once they reopen. Some changes include:
- Disposable menus
- Ensure social distancing
- Provide condiments in single-serving containers
- Prioritizing outdoor seating and curbside pickup
May 11th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 5,065 total positive COVID-19 cases and 175 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 139. There have been no new deaths since May 9th.
May 10th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 4,926 total positive COVID-19 cases and 175 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 150. There have been no new deaths since yesterday.
Ease in restrictions allows campgrounds to reopen at 50% capacity. Companies with recreational equipment will be allowed to reopen after submitting a safe reopening plan. Click here for more information about these ease in restrictions.
May 9th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 4,776 total positive COVID-19 cases and 175 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 114, and the number of new deaths is 6.
The Food and Drug Administration has authorized emergency use of a new antigen test to detect COVID-19. Click here for more information on this emergency COVID-19 test.
May 8th, 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state of California is now in early Stage 2 of the COVID-19 response, where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing, and essential businesses can open.
Before reopening, all facilities must:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
- Implement individual control measures and screenings
- Implement disinfecting protocols
- Implement physical distancing guidelines
May 7th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 4,429 total positive COVID-19 cases and 165 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 110 and the number of new deaths is 7.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announces the plan to reopen certain manufacturing businesses with new accommodations.
La Jolla Light announces some stores in San Diego County may not open until certain criteria are met in regards to COVID-19. However, some book, music, toy, antique, jewelry, home and furnishing, sporting goods, shoes, clothing, and floral stores will be open for curbside pick up tomorrow, May 8th. For more information click here.
May 6th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 4,319 total positive COVID-19 cases and 158 total deaths. This is 159 new positive COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths since yesterday.
All businesses are preparing to make a safe reopening plan which must be approved before they can reopen. Reopening will only be for curbside pick-up. Click here for more information about which stores may reopen
May 5th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 4,160 total positive COVID-19 cases and 150 total deaths.
May 4th, 2020: San Diego County officials report 4,020 total positive COVID-19 cases and 144 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 93 and the number of new deaths is 5.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces that San Diego county will allow certain businesses to reopen beginning Friday, May 8th. More information on which businesses will be open will be announced over the next few days.
May 4, 2020: San Diego County officials report 4,020 total positive COVID-19 cases and 144 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 93 and the number of new deaths is 5.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces that San Diego county will allow certain businesses to reopen beginning Friday, May 8th. More information on which businesses will be open will be announced over the next few days.
May 3, 2020: San Diego County officials report 3,927 total positive COVID-19 cases and 139 total deaths. The number of positive new cases since yesterday is 85 and the number of new deaths is 1.
May 2, 2020: San Diego County officials report 3,842 total positive COVID-19 cases and 138 total deaths. The number of new positive cases since yesterday is 131, and the number of new deaths is 4.
May 1, 2020: San Diego County officials report 3,711 total positive COVID-19 cases and 134 total deaths. The number of new positive cases since yesterday is 147, and the new number of deaths is 10.
April 30, 2020: San Diego county officials report 3,564 positive COVID-19 cases total and 124 total deaths. This is 132 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths.
San Diego has created a “slow streets” program to block off some roads from vehicle traffic in order to increase areas for walking, biking, or running. Certain crosswalk buttons will be replaced with larger buttons for elbow use instead of pushing with fingers. Click here to discover which streets have been closed for the slow streets program.
Dr. Wilma Wooten announces golf courses will reopen for limited use with an approved safety and physical distancing plan. In addition, single households will be allowed to participate in outside activities(i.e. Frisbee, soccer, volleyball) at parks, but not at the beaches. Boating will also be allowed for single households.
There has a discussion of beach closure in San Diego once again, due to concerns of large beach gatherings in Orange County. But as of 5/4/20 beaches remain open.
April 29, 2020: There have been 3,432 cases and 120 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Wednesday afternoon. San Diego County health officials reported 118 new cases and two deaths but announced a key metric for re-opening has been achieved.
April 28, 2020: San Diego County officials report 3,314 total positive COVID-19 cases and 118 total deaths.
April 27, 2020: San Diego County officials report 3,141 positive COVID-19 cases and 113 total deaths.
San Diego City beaches are now open for passive activities, but some San Diego beaches such as Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Solana beach remain closed.
The CDC announces that six new symptoms have been added to the COVID-19 list. These symptoms include chills, shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Taking note of any of these symptoms can help with early detection of the virus and prevent it from spreading.
April 26, 2020: San Diego County officials report 3,043 positive COVID-19 cases and 111 total deaths.
Starting May 1st, masks will be mandatory to wear in public if an individual is within six feet of another individual not in their household. Click here for more information.
April 25, 2020: San Diego County officials report 2,943 positive COVID-19 cases and 111 total deaths.
The time has finally come for the beaches to reopen. Starting Monday, April 27th, some beaches in San Diego will be open with restrictions. Individuals will be allowed to surf, swim, kayak, and other water activities, but may not lay out on the beach. Individuals can walk and run on the beach, but the boardwalk will still be closed. Social distancing is still required and masks are still recommended while walking. Click here for more information.
April 24, 2020: San Diego County officials report 2,826 positive COVID-19 cases and 103 total deaths.
To protect senior citizens who are most at risk for the COVID-19 virus, the state has enabled a program to pay restaurants to deliver them meals during the pandemic. A few other groups at high risk will also be qualified for this special delivery. This will help encourage purchasing food from local businesses while also getting food to vulnerable citizens. Click here to read more about this program.
April 23,2020: San Diego County officials report 2,643 positive COVID-19 cases, 100 total deaths, and 634 total hospitalizations.
April 22, 2020: San Diego County officials report 2,491 positive COVID-19 cases and 96 total deaths.
The regions in San Diego with the most positive COVID-19 cases are San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and South Chula Vista.
April 21, 2020: San Diego county officials report 2,434 positive COVID-19 cases and 87 total deaths. This is an additional 15 deaths since yesterday and the highest number of deaths in San Diego since the virus began.
San Diego has now reopened some parks which can be found in a list here. Social distancing must continue as well as wearing a mask.
April 20, 2020: San Diego County has officials report 2,325 positive COVID-19 cases and 72 total deaths
April 19, 2020: San Diego County officials report 2,268 positive COVID-19 cases and no new deaths since yesterday, April 18th.
San Diego County residents in Encinitas, California surround the streets to protest the beaches being closed and demanding to be able to start to work again. Click here to read more about these protests.
April 18, 2020: San Diego County officials report 2,213 positive COVID-19 cases and 71 total deaths.
April 17, 2020: San Diego County officials report 2,158 positive COVID-19 cases and 70 total deaths.
April 16, 2020: San Diego County officials report 2,087 positive COVID-19 cases and 63 total deaths.
President Trump announces that it is up to the states to determine when they start opening up businesses. California specifically does not have a deadline but will depend on a variety of factors including a decreased number of new cases and hospitalizations. Click here to watch Governor Newsom’s speech.
April 15, 2020: San Diego County officials announce 2,013 positive COVID-19 cases and 60 total deaths.
The COVID-19 antibody testing site in Cardiff-by-the-sea was ordered to immediately shut down because the tests may be giving false results. To learn more information about why this site shut down, click here.
April 14, 2020: San Diego County officials announce 1,930 positive COVID-19 cases and 53 total deaths.
San Diego announces the opening of its first drive-through COVID-19 antibody testing site at Cardiff-by-the-Sea. This testing site offers either a finger prick which takes 10 minutes or a nasal swab which takes about three days. An antibody test can determine whether someone has had the virus in the past or currently has it. This is good information to have because if an antibody is present in the body, then an individual may have a decreased risk of contracting the virus. However, the test that is used is not FDA approved, so the results may be flawed.
April 13, 2020: San Diego County officials report 1,847 positive COVID-19 cases and 47 total deaths.
April 12, 2020: San Diego County officials report 1,804 positive COVID-19 cases and 45 total deaths.
Is staying 6 feet apart enough? New information released by the New York Post that the COVID-19 virus can spread up to 13 feet in the air.
April 11, 2020: San Diego county officials report 1,761 positive COVID-19 cases and 45 total deaths.
April 10, 2020: San Diego County Officials report 1,693 positive COVID-19 cases, and 44 total deaths.
April 9, 2020: San Diego County officials report 1,628 positive COVID-19 cases, and 40 total deaths. Of the 40 deaths, 16 individuals were White, 10 were Hispanic, two were Asian, and the rest is unknown or multiple races. 75% of those who died were aged 70 or older.
While the rate of new cases of COVID-19 is starting to decrease, social distancing may be put in place for many more weeks to ensure the safety of the citizens. Click here to view an article explaining the rate of the disease.
San Diego County also expanded its Health Order to prohibit gatherings of any type. “The new directive means that gatherings of 10 people or less are no longer allowed in San Diego County, unless they live in same household,” according to the County News Center.
April 8, 2020: San Diego County officials report 1,530 positive COVID-19 cases and a total of 36 deaths. Information regarding the race victims of COVID-19 deaths have been released by the San Diego Tribune. Of the 36 deaths, 15 individuals were White, 10 were Hispanic, and two were Asian. 75% of those who died were aged 70 or older. San Diego County officials urge local residents to avoid experimental treatments for COVID-19. Click here to learn more information about this recommendation.
April 7, 2020: San Diego County officials report 1,454 positive COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths since April 5th. Eight of these deaths were women and four were men, all with underlying health conditions. This brings the total deaths in San Diego County to 31.
Public health officer Wilma Wooten states that “the increase in deaths should be no cause for alarm as the number of deaths typically lag behind the number of positive cases reported”.
April 6, 2020: San Diego County officials report 1,404 positive COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.
According to The Washington Post, individuals who drive to the beach during sunset will receive up to a $1000 fine or jail time. In Encinitas, 22 people were ticketed for sitting in their cars to watch the sunset near the beach. San Diego officials say that the stay at home order only allows people to leave the house for essential businesses — seeing the sunset is not a part of that.
April 5, 2020: San Diego County reports 1,326 positive COVID-19 cases, 249 hospitalizations, and 19 total deaths.
Although the number of total positive COVID-19 cases is increasing each day, the incidence of deaths in New York has started to drop each day. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York explains that it is too early to tell if this has any significance, but it does give us hope. Keeping up with the trends of COVID-19 in other states can help states such as California learn what can work.
April 4, 2020: San Diego County reports 1,209 cases of positive COVID-19 cases, 228 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths total.
April 2, 2020: San Diego County reports 966 positive cases and 16 deaths.
Effective this weekend, San Diegans in the county’s effort to “change the trajectory” of the spread of COVID-19 among the community will now require businesses that interact with the public to use cloth face coverings for their employees starting Saturday. This includes grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Here is a video on how you can turn a bandana into a mask.
The general public will not be required to wear facial coverings, but will be urged to do so when out in public. Medical-grade masks should not be used.
The order was also amended to close all parking lots at park and recreation facilities in the county’s jurisdiction. Public parks that remain open must have signs posted with a physical distancing plan and people who utilize the public space will be limited to “passive activities.”
Open businesses will also be required to post physical distancing and hygiene procedures at the entrance to their business by Tuesday. Read the full article here.
April 1, 2020: San Diego County reports 849 positive COVID-19 cases, 158 hospitalized, and 15 total deaths. More than 11,300 San Diegans have been tested. Click here to determine the specific number of positive COVID-19 cases by area code in San Diego County.
City news Service announces that in San Diego a 13 million dollar contract has been created to Develop COVID-19 tests. This test is much faster than the original model of the COVID-19 test, delivering results in approximately 25 minutes. Initially, the number of cases reported will appear to be increasing rapidly. However, since COVID-19 testing is becoming quicker, case numbers will be reported faster. More information about the new COVID-19 test can be found here.
March 31, 2020: San Diego County reports 734 positive COVID-19 cases.
March 30, 2020: San Diego County reports 603 positive COVID-19 cases, 118 are hospitalized, and there are no new deaths since March 28, 2020.
KPBS announces that both the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park will remain closed indefinitely.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds is planning a drive-thru food distribution for low-income families in need. There will be enough food for 1,000 cars. It will begin on Friday at 10 AM at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014.
March 29, 2020: San Diego county officials report 519 local cases of COVID-19. The San Diego Tribune states that an employee at an Albertson’s grocery store in Escondido has now tested positive for COVID-19.
President Donald Trump has announced that social distancing regulations will extend until April 30th, 2020. More information regarding this extension can be found here.
March 28, 2020: San Diego County officials have reported 488 positive COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths due to COVID-19. KPBS states that this is 1.67% mortality rate. One of the deaths was a 25-year-old pharmaceutical technician with no known existing health conditions.
March 27, 2020: San Diego County reports 341 positive COVID-19 cases, 69 are hospitalized, and a total of 3 deaths. The most recent death due to COVID-19 was an 87-year-old woman. Currently, the age group 30-39 years old has the most cases with 89 positive COVID-19 cases. The next most affected age group is ages 20-29 with 66 positive COVID-19 cases. The city with the highest concentration of positive COVID-19 cases in San Diego County is San Diego with 207 positive cases.
March 26, 2020: Restaurants are still open for takeout, but all dining areas are closed. Essential businesses remain open, but employees must continue to maintain a social distance.
For senior citizens: various grocery stores allot one hour for seniors only before the store officially opens for the day. This enables seniors to have less interaction with the younger population and get the essential items that they need.
March 25, 2020: San Diego County now has a total of 277 positive COVID-19 cases, 59 which are hospitalized, and two confirmed deaths. The second death in San Diego County due to COVID-19 was a man in his early 70s with many preexisting conditions. The county’s first two child cases have tested positive for COVID-19, both of which are infants.
The San Diego Tribune announces that all beaches and parks will be closed. This is being strictly enforced— no surfers, runners, or other leisure activities will be allowed near the boardwalk. Police are monitoring the area to tell people to go back home.
Grocery stores are getting stricter with regulations by only allowing a certain number of people to enter the store at a time. One employee is responsible for wiping down all the carts after each use.
March 24, 2020: According to the County of San Diego, there are currently 213 positive cases of COVID-19. Of these cases, there have been 34 hospitalizations and one death. Further information regarding the individual’s cause of death will be later released, but the patient was said to be in his early 70s.
March 19, 2020: According to KPBS, there are 80 individuals in San Diego County who have tested positive and 11 have been hospitalized. No deaths have occurred at this time, but the number of positive COVID-19 cases has risen in the past few days.
March 19, 2020: The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Health have announced an order to California residents to remain at home with the exceptions of essential necessities (i.e. groceries, doctors appointments).
While COVID-19 appears to only be fatal to groups over 65, San Diego County reveals that a majority of the cases range from 18-64 years old making up 63 of the 80 cases. This information is intended to remind the younger population to take precautions and follow government guidelines even though they may not show symptoms.
It is recommended that everyone practice “physical distancing”. The original term circulating is “social distancing” but with this implying you can’t still stay in touch with family and friends, public health officials have transitioned to the term physical distancing meaning one should stay at least 6 feet away from other individuals while in public to reduce the chances of transmission. This recommendation is extremely important in a place like San Diego where gatherings are frequent.
March 17, 2020:
The County of San Diego issued a public health order, requiring the following:
- All gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited
- Businesses must practice social distancing or work from home
- It is highly recommended that individuals 65+ and immunocompromised individuals stay home
- Restaurants may serve takeout orders but must close their dining areas
- Bars and businesses that serve only alcohol will be closed
In San Diego, these mandates will be strictly enforced and individuals who do not refrain from social gatherings may receive a $1000 fine. For the full list of orders, click here.
Alzheimer’s San Diego has cancelled all in-person services due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), but we are still available via phone at 858.492.4400, live chat, and email at email@example.com.