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Toasty Campfire by Jack RiordanBusinesses must take temperatures, check for symptoms

Photo: Toasty Campfire by Jack Riordan

By Miriam Raftery

May 9, 2020 (San Diego) – Yesterday the county announced easing of more restrictions.  Effective today, campgrounds can reopen at 50 percent capacity, though campsites can be rented only to members of the same household and play equipment must stay closed.

Companies that rent recreational equipment such as bicycles, surfboards, boats, kayaks and other watercraft can also reopen after submitting a Safe Reopening Plan that includes sanitization with a disinfectant effective against COVID-19. Equipment for use by multiple people can only be rented to people in the same household.

Childcare facilities can now have 12 children instead of 10 per group and employees at childcare facilities no longer need to wear masks.

Essential businesses operating during the COVID-19 crisis have a new requirement to take temperatures of workers and not allow anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or more into the workplace.  If a thermometer is not available, the business should screen for symptoms and prohibit anyone from entering with a cough, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, or two or more of these symptoms:  fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste and smell.

Gatherings of any size remain prohibited and San Diegans are encouraged to stay home when not out on essential business or exercising.

Photo: County Microbiologist Jovan Shepherd prepares a specimen for testing of the novel coronavirus, credit: County of San Diego

Yesterday, the county reported 3,457 new tests of which 7 percent were positive. Over the last two weeks, the average has ben 6 percent. To date, nearly 73,000 people have been tested countywide.

Four new deaths and 233 new cases were reported yesterday by county health officials, bringing total cases to 4,662 and total deaths in our county to 169, of which 85, around half, were in congregate living facilities such as nursing homes. Overall, 19.7 percent of cases required hospitalization and 6.2 percent of all cases required intensive care.

There are currently 61 active outbreaks including 39 at congregate living centers and 22 in community settings. 

The County’s COVID-19 webpage contains additional information on the disease, including a graph showing new positive cases and total cases reported by date. The data is also broken down by gender, race and ethnic/race group. An interactive dashboard with several COVID-19 indicators is being updated daily. For more information, visit

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Kevin Rogers is right on this one

I have written the governor about the importance of opening up our parks with appropriate social distancing and sanitation rules. I live in the Anza Borrego, and could see very clearly on the trails we use, and especially one park over in the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, that not everyone was behaving responsibly at first. But there has been enough time now to plan for the differing reopening needs of our various parks around the state. Visitors will have to cooperate, but it is my strong sense that from wild flower fans to the average OHV rider, people can and will gladly adapt to new regulations. The ABDSP runs practically from Mexico to Anza, CA. There is plenty of room to enjoy it safely. Our parks need to open up! It is important to understand who Californians are. The parks are part of our culture. There is no good reason to take that away when visitors can be asked to step up and help with extra sanitary practices and proper social distancing.

Anza Borrego Desert

Over a half million acres of wide open wilderness closed? When we were told no off roading or remote camping we were shocked. When we take the horses out or a day trip we are lucky if we only see 1 or two others. toilets closed I understand but, these blanket rules don't fit this area at all.