The Latest on COVID-19


On Aug. 28, California announced a blueprint (Blueprint for a Safer Economy) for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. 

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). 

San Diego County is currently in the red tier. According to the state, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving forward. Data will be reviewed weekly, and tiers will be updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

Since the county has been in the red tier for more than two weeks, schools are permitted to reopen. Districts throughout the county continue to work in consultation with SDCOE and local public health officials to operate reopened school, collaborate on distance learning and hybrid models, and prepare school facilities for reopening. Please contact your local district for details about their plan.

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. 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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