Updated 8 p.m. with newest numbers
By Miriam Raftery
March 21, 2020 (San Diego) – As of today, San Diego County has 159 confirmed cases of COVID-19, though there may be many times that amount since testing availability is still limited. The County has released a city-by-city breakdown . Some health experts believe the true number of cases could be 10 times higher, due to lack of tests available even for many patients with symptoms.
The city of San Diego has by far the most, with 87 confirmed cases. Among East County residents, confirmed cases include 2 in El Cajon, 1 in Santee, and 2 in Ramona. News reports indicated another case involved a worker at a Spring Valley retirement home, who did not live locally. Other inland communities also have cases: 1 in Poway and 2 in Esocndido.
The city listings are based on where the patients live; this does not account for potential exposure through where these individuals may have worked, attended school, or participated in other activities.
County Public Health Office Dr. Wilma Wooten reminds the public to obey the Governor’s stay-at-home order “if you do not need to go out for an essential reason.”