CA Announces 7.4 COVID-19 Case Rate for San Diego County, Above The Red Tier Threshold

From CBS News

The county's adjusted COVID-19 case rate starts the countdown to a possible move to the state's more restrictive purple tier as early as Nov 10.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — The State of California announced a new adjusted weekly COVID-19 case rate of 7.4 for San Diego County on Wednesday on their state website putting the county above the 7.0 case rate threshold for the red tier. 

This higher rate does not move San Diego immediately up from the current red tier into the most restrictive purple tier, but it does start a timeline that may result in changes to the status of the county by next Tuesday, Nov 10.

Given the increased unadjusted case rates posted by the county over the past week and the 7.4 rate reported Wednesday, there is a possibility of a move in tiers in a week unless there is a major change in rates and testing over the next 6 days.

If the county reports numbers in the most restrictive tier again next week, it will be reassigned to the restrictive purple tier for a minimum of three weeks which will result in restrictions to non-essential businesses that operate in the county.

“Any county that is teetering on moving into a more restrictive tier has the tools to avoid that by getting transmissions down or to be able to stabilize, bring transmission rates down and then move to a less restrictive tier more quickly,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said during his update on Wednesday. “I am not sure if San Diego will move back. We are certainly working closely with their county leaders to do all we can to control transmission.”

The county avoided returning to the state's purple tier -- the most restrictive -- last week and will remain in the less restrictive red tier of the state's four-tiered coronavirus monitoring system for at least the next week. 

On Oct. 27, the county's adjusted weekly case rate was reported at 6.5 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population, within the red tier threshold.

San Diego County health officials plan to provide an update on COVID-19 on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.