The Latest on COVID-19


On Aug. 18, San Diego County was removed from the state’s COVID-19 watch list, and followed with 14 consecutive days of normal data, which means that all public, private, and charter schools were allowed to reopen their facilities for in-person learning starting Sept. 1. Although schools are allowed to return to in-person instruction, it doesn’t mean that they will right away. Districts throughout the county are working in consultation with SDCOE and local public health officials to continue with distance learning, prepare school facilities for reopening, or offer a hybrid model. Please contact your local district for details about their plan.

San Diego County public health officials have updated their public health order to reflect the new status.

Under San Diego County’s public health order, it continues to state “All persons are to remain in their homes or at their place of residence, except for employees or customers traveling to and from essential businesses or reopened businesses as defined in the Order, or to participate in individual or family outdoor activity as allowed by this Order.” In addition, all persons two years of age or older who are present in the county shall have possession of a face covering when they leave their home or place of residence and shall wear the face covering as described and required in California Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance issued on June 18, 2020.

As schools begin the year, districts are resuming their student meal programs. Please reach out to your district or school to find out how to access food service. 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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