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 By Jose A. Alvarez    News

County moves to Yellow Tier; full reopening on June 15

After registering a case rate of less than two COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks, the County will move to the Yellow Tier of the state’s reopening framework beginning Wednesday, June 9. As of today,... — Updated 6/10/2021 Full story


County rental assistance available to additional 10,000 households

San Diego County residents who are economically impacted by COVID-19 could qualify for assistance of up to $3,000 to pay for past-due or upcoming rent. The county will be accepting new applications for the Emergency Rental... — Updated 12/2/2020


County awarded grant for bicycle, pedestrian safety education

San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency has received a $125,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to improve the safety of bicyclists, pedestrians and scooter riders. “Our goal is that education will... — Updated 11/24/2020


COVID-19 fatigue causing cases to skyrocket

Too many San Diegans are failing to take sufficient measures to protect themselves from getting or passing COVID-19. That’s the explanation County health officials gave Nov. 16 for the record number of COVID-19 cases that have... — Updated 11/18/2020

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County gets grant for Child Safety Seat Education Program

A new grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will help the County Health & Human Services Agency teach parents and caregivers how to keep their children as safe as... — Updated 11/18/2020


Fentanyl, prescription drug deaths increase in San Diego County

The number of unintentional fentanyl deaths increased by 64% from 2018 to 2019, while at the same time prescription drug deaths rose nearly 12%. This is according to the 2020 San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force... — Updated 11/9/2020


If COVID-19 symptoms arise, don't wait to get tested

A recent analysis of San Diego County data revealed that San Diegans are waiting an average of 3.5 days after symptoms develop before they get a COVID-19 test. The delay could result in further COVID-19 exposures, especially if... — Updated 10/22/2020


How to fight the two: COVID-19 and influenza

The coronavirus and influenza are both spread from person to person, especially indoors and in crowded places. Here are some tips to help prevent COVID-19 and the flu: · Wash your hands properly and regularly or use a hand... — Updated 10/7/2020


3 San Diegans die daily from opioid, other drug overdoses

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, rates of drug related overdose deaths in San Diego County have increased. In July and August numbers of overdose deaths were more than 50%... — Updated 10/2/2020


Suicides dropped in San Diego County in 2019

The number of people who died from suicide in the region dropped in 2019, according to the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council’s 2020 Report to the Community released Thursday, Sept. 10. In 2019, there were 429 deaths by... — Updated 9/21/2020

 By Jose A. Alvarez    News

County: Schools could open Sept. 1

Given that the county’s case rate for COVID-19 has been and appears likely to remain below 100 cases per every 100,000 residents, all schools in the region, kindergarten through 12th grade, could reopen for in-person instruction... — Updated 8/27/2020


Near-drowning incidents increase in children during pandemic

An increasing number of San Diego County children have been rescued from private pools after nearly drowning, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced recently. Local... — Updated 8/26/2020


How San Diegans can help keep COVID-19 case rate down

With the San Diego County’s COVID-19 case rate continuing to decline, local health officials are urging San Diegans to keep taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The county’s case rate is now at 85.2 and bel... — Updated 8/26/2020


'Promotoras' work in Latino communities to prevent spread of COVID-19

Community health workers, known as “promotoras,” started working in local Latino communities throughout San Diego County recently to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Promotoras are longtime and trusted residents of the... — Updated 8/13/2020


Six in 10 adult San Diegans face severe impacts if they contract COVID-19

Six out of every 10 adult San Diegans are at extra risk for severe illness should they contract the novel coronavirus. That’s because about 57% of San Diego County adults have pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood... — Updated 8/6/2020


County intensifying COVID-19 outreach to Latino communities

The county is intensifying its outreach efforts to Latinos across the region because they are carrying a bigger burden of COVID-19 compared to other groups. County health officials are greatly concerned about the disproportionate... — Updated 7/24/2020


San Diego woman dies from vaping-related lung injury

A 76-year-old woman who died May 24 is the first local fatality of electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency... — Updated 6/18/2020


San Diegans encouraged to get tested for COVID-19

Given that people without symptoms can transmit the novel coronavirus, San Diegans should get tested for COVID-19, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced June 4. “Since we can’t be sure who is... — Updated 6/11/2020 Full story


Face coverings protect others and you

Are you wearing a face covering when out and around others? If not, you should. Research has shown that when face coverings are used properly, they reduce transmission of the... — Updated 6/11/2020


County, Rady Children's Hospital to test 2,000 daily for COVID-19

The County and Rady Children's Hospital have launched a new initiative to test up to 2,000 children and their families daily for COVID-19 over the next six months. Developed with... — Updated 6/4/2020


What to expect if a contact tracer calls you

County of San Diego Communications Office If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, don’t automatically ignore it. The person on the other end could be calling from County Public Health Services to tell you you’ve... — Updated 6/4/2020


What to expect if a contact tracer calls you

County of San Diego Communications Office If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, don’t automatically ignore it. The person on the other end could be calling from County Public Health Services to tell you you’ve... — Updated 6/4/2020 Full story

 By Jose A. Alvarez    News

What's allowed, not allowed in restaurants, stores

Restaurants and stores in San Diego County can now open to serve customers in person; however, they must follow specific guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guidelines for dine-in restaurants require temperature and... — Updated 5/28/2020


Tips to maintain your mental health during COVID-19

Outbreaks of infectious diseases can be a stressful time. With additional concerns about the economic impact of the pandemic, many may feel overwhelmed with anxiety, fear or worry.... — Updated 5/20/2020 Full story

 By Jose A. Alvarez    News

COVID-19 testing trends up in San Diego County

Testing for the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has been increasing in San Diego County. The number of daily total tests in the region exceeded 3,300 in four of the past five days. On Sunday, May 10, there was a decrease... — Updated 5/14/2020 Full story


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