The Latest on COVID-19


On Nov. 10, San Diego County moved into the most restrictive tier on California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, its plan for reducing COVID-19 in the state. 

Moving into the purple tier means that schools that have not started teaching at least some students in person lose their chance to reopen for at least five weeks, according to the Schools FAQ from the California Department of Public Health.  

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity percentage. The new system contains four tiers: purple (widespread risk level), red (substantial risk level), orange (moderate risk level), and yellow (minimal risk level). 

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 Fall 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.

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