SAN DIEGO COVID-19 CASES RISE TO 417; THREE NEW DEATHS INCLUDING PHARMACY TECHNICIAN, 25

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East County News Service

March 27, 2020 (San Diego) – Today, 76 new cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County have been confirmed, bringing the total to 417.  Three more San Diegans have died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the region’s total deaths to six, County Health and Human Services Agency announced. 

The new deaths include a 25-year-old San Diego resident and pharmacy technician found dead at his home in Riverside County, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He had no known underlying medical conditions.

 

The other victims were a man in his 50s and a man in his 80s, each with underlying medical conditions.

 

“COVID-19 deaths are very tragic and unfortunate, especially when a person who dies is a young healthy person,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, County public health officer. “Our sympathies and condolences go out to the families of these individuals.”

 

County health officials are asking the public to remain at home, especially now that community spread is increasing in the region.

 

Social distancing has been proven to slow the spread of pandemics so that sick people don’t overwhelm the local health care system. The goal is to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and lessen the number of people who contract the virus and need hospitalization. Doing so will give the local health care system time to increase its capacity to care for more sick people.

 

Of San Diego County’s cases, 249 (60%) were men and 166 (40%) were women. Of the known cases, 85 (20%) have required hospitalization, 38 (9%) had to be placed in intensive care and five (1.2%) have died.

 

The County’s COVID-19 webpage now contains a graph showing new positive cases and total cases reported by date. For more information, visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

 

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1,925 US deaths, and California testing . . .

and results lag other states’: California has conducted fewer tests for the coronavirus than other states, including its opposite-coast large population center, New York. Testing is a critical factor in understanding the scope of the pandemic in any area. As The Chronicle’s Erin Allday reports, the state has conducted far fewer tests than New York. In addition, as of Friday 70 percent of California’s tests were still pending results. Testing problems mean that the case counts that public health officials use to determine when the outbreak is starting to subside are unreliable. California had conducted 89,600 tests as of Friday compared to 145,000 in New York. In the Bay Area, there were about 1,700 confirmed cases of the virus as of Saturday, compared to 29,000 cases in New York City. . .[repeat: THE CASE COUNTS THAT PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS USE . . .ARE UNRELIABLE] . . .SF Chronicle . .here