The Latest on COVID-19


As of April 7, San Diego County is in the Orange Tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system. This allows some indoor businesses to open, and others already open to increase capacity. 

For schools, this means that all schools may continue with their reopening plans, as long as the county’s adjusted case rate remains at or below 25 per 100,000 population per day. Schools are required to post their COVID-19 Safety Plan on their website at least five days prior to reopening for in-person instruction. The plan does not need approval by state or county health officials. 

Schools should continue to follow guidance outlined in the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California updated March 20 and found in the 
the Safe Schools For All hub.

San Diego County continues to vaccinate eligible individuals for COVID-19. Please visit the Vaccine Information page for details on vaccines for education employees.

The San Diego County public health order is updated regularly to reflect guidance from the state on schools, and provides county-level guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

As schools provide instruction, districts are continuing their student meal programs. Please reach out to your district or school to find out how to access food service. Visit SDCOE's Food Service Sites page to access each school district’s food service page/information. Available charter school information is included as well. Feeding San Diego is another resource for families facing hunger. Families can receive food at Feeding San Diego distributions throughout the region. Please visit their webpage for information.

Current Understanding of the Virus

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Watch for symptoms: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

News and Updates

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