San Diego County public health officials on Saturday reported 436 new coronavirus cases, bringing the countywide total to 12,837.
Two more COVID-19 deaths were also reported, bringing the total to 360.
The patients, a woman and a man in their early 70s and 80s, died on Thursday, according to county officials. The man who died did not have underlying health conditions, the county reported. Conditions that can increase risk of death for COVID-19 patients include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure and other chronic health conditions.
The county received 9,172 test results Friday, of which 5 percent were positive. Meanwhile the 14-day rolling average for positive tests in San Diego was 3.5 percent. The percentage of positive tests is used as a marker for whether the pandemic is stable, increasing or declining in an area, with a higher positivity rate signaling an increase in infections.
Although the state tracks those over a two-week period, shorter term figures show the positivity rate rising. As of Thursday, the seven-day average for positive tests was at 4.5 percent, higher than the 3.5 percent measured over the previous two-week period.
In another sign of climbing numbers, Scripps Health reported that it had 126 hospitalized COVID-19 patients on Friday, the highest single-day total to date, according to spokesman Steve Carpowich. Also on Friday, Scripps Mercy Chula Vista and Scripps Mercy San Diego both hit all-time single-day highs for their respective campuses, with 38 COVID-19 inpatients at each facility, he stated in an e-mail to the Union Tribune.
So far overall, 1,730 patients with COVID-19, or 13.5 percent of cases countywide, have required hospitalization. Of those, 475 people, or 27.5 percent of hospitalized patients, have been admitted to an intensive care unit.
Over the past seven days, there have been six community outbreaks in San Diego, which falls just below the trigger of seven outbreaks in seven days — the threshold which could delay the reopening of businesses or even prompt re-closures.
However, authorities didn’t wait for that trigger to take action against a business they said had refused to observe health precautions.
On Friday county health officials ordered for the immediate closure of Hernandez Hideaway, a restaurant on the shore of Lake Hodges, for not following a public health directive designed to prevent coronavirus transmission. That was the second restaurant closed for violating COVID-19 restrictions. El Prez, a bar and restaurant in Pacific Beach, was closed on May 22 after video of a crowd partying shoulder-to-shoulder without masks surfaced on social media.