By Miriam Raftery
March 29, 2020 (San Diego) – As local COVID-19 cases climb to 488, including seven deaths, the County has extended its existing public health order indefinitely. The order was originally issued only until March 31.
The newest deaths include a man in his 20s who died in Riverside County and a man in his 80s with underlying medical conditions.
“Just these two deaths reflect the sober reality that we are facing, that COVID-19 can affect individuals of all ages,” said Nick Yphantides, County chief medical officer. Locally, the death rate is 1.4%, or 14 times higher than the death rate from flu.
In just the past 24 hours before yesterday’s press conference, 71 new cases were diagnosed locally. Most, 57.4%, are in men and nearly 20% required hospitalization, with 8.6% in intensive are.
The public health order will require that non-essential business stay closed including bars, restaurants for dining in services, gyms, fitness centers and more. Schools must also stay homes.