Five more COVID-19 cases have been reported in San Diego County

The County of San Diego today announced that social distancing and visiting restrictions have now been established countywide, and mass gatherings are being banned to slow the regional spread of novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

The new measures start at midnight and will last at least through the end of March.

“Protecting the public’s health is our number one priority and we’re using every tool at our disposal to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The swift action to ban mass gatherings is one of several social distancing strategies that can be used to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Social distancing is an infection control action that public health officials take to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. The goal is for people to avoid close contact with each other and stay six feet apart.

Five more San Diegans have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

They are:

  • A woman in her 70s who travelled in the Diamond Princess cruise ship and is at home under isolation.
  • A woman in her 70s who is an evacuee from the Grand Princess cruise ship and is in a local hospital in isolation.
  • A man in his 40s who is under isolation at home and traveled to Colorado.
  • A man in his 50s who is in isolation at a local hospital and also traveled to Colorado (no connection).
  • A man in his 60s who is in a local hospital in isolation.

People who have tested positive and are in isolation at home are being monitored by County public health nurses. To date, there have been six presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County.

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