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San Diego County Shifts to Restrictive Purple Tier


The increase of COVID-19 cases in San Diego will force businesses to close down again in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The state of California announced a new adjusted weekly COVID-19 case rate of 8.9 for San Diego County on Tuesday on their state website putting the county above the 7.0 case rate threshold for the red tier.

This higher rate is over the threshold for the second week in a row and will move San Diego up from the current red tier status into the most restrictive purple tier.

Indoor operations in locations such as restaurants, museums, places of worship, breweries, and retail businesses will have to either close entirely, move to outdoor operations only or modify in other ways.

San Diego County officials said retail operations, including indoor shopping centers, will be limited to 25% of building capacity, down from the current 50%. Schools, unless they have already restarted in-person learning, will be restricted to distance learning.

The changes to business operations due to the change in tier will go into effect on Saturday at midnight.

401 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents on Nov. 8. The region’s total is now 60,570. 4,062 or 6.7% of all cases have required hospitalization. 938 or 1.5% of all cases and 23.1% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Three new community outbreaks were confirmed on Nov. 8: two in restaurant/bar settings and one in a business setting. Seven outbreaks confirmed Nov. 7: two in restaurant settings, two in business settings, one in a restaurant/bar setting, one in a retail setting, and one in a grocery setting.

Six outbreaks were confirmed Nov. 6: three in business settings, one in hair/barbershop/nail salon setting, one in a faith-based setting, and one in a hotel/resort/spa setting.

A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.

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