COVID-19 Deaths Reach 16; San Diegans Strongly Encouraged to Cover Mouth, Nose in Public

A woman in her late 90s is the 16th COVID-19 death reported in the region, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

To prevent the spread of the virus and potential future deaths, San Diegans who are out in public are strongly encouraged to cover their nose and mouth to flatten the curve, County health officials recommended. Businesses, including grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants, are required to have employees wear face coverings.

The new order and guidance will go into effect at midnight, Friday, April 3.

“We have to take more aggressive measures during the coming weeks to keep people from contracting COVID-19 and to continue flatting the pandemic curve,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “We all have an essential role to play and must take these actions to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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