The Latest on COVID-19


On Dec. 3, California issued a regional stay at home order to help slow the rapid spread of COVID-19 the state is experiencing. The order would be triggered once intensive care unit (ICU) capacity dropped below 15% in the region. The regional stay at home order for the Southern California region went into effect Dec. 6 and will remain in effect indefinitely.

The order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools.

Schools that are currently open are able to continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites.

- Schools that are currently operating under an elementary school waiver are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites. 
- Schools that reopened while their county was in a less restrictive tier are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites. 
- All schools that have not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidance.

Schools are still required to follow the Schools Guidance issued by CDPH, which outlines requirements for safe conditions, testing and tracing. Schools may be required to close if certain percentages of staff and students are diagnosed with COVID-19. All existing guidance applicable to schools can be found on the CDPH website.

The order will remain in effect until the region’s projected ICU capacity is equal or greater than 15%. This will be assessed approximately twice a week. Once lifted, the county will be assigned to a tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

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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