Given the continuing shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the region, local vaccination sites give priority to second-rate people.
Two related issues are delaying the release of new San Diego meetings that want to receive their first dose. One is the shortage of Moderna doses coming to the region to make up for shipments delayed a few weeks ago by bad weather across the country. The other is that the incoming doses of Pfizer are used almost exclusively to vaccinate people who need to receive their second dose of vaccine.
Although some first-dose appointments are exempt for use by the county and its partners, they are reserved under state guidelines for groups such as law enforcement, teachers, and other school staff.
“Our sites are working hard to complete vaccinations for people who need to receive their second doses,”; said Wilma Wooten, MD, medical center, county public health center. “Once we get through the lag in Moderna and more doses arrive, including the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine, first-dose appointments will be released for many people who are both eligible and willing to be vaccinated.”
Progress of vaccination
Local vaccination sites are currently providing the San Diegans phase 1A and phase 1B vaccine.
To date, nearly 1,070,000 doses of COVID-19 have been delivered to the region, with nearly 946,000 administered. The difference between the two numbers is approximately what is expected to be administered over the next seven days and the doses that have yet to be entered into the recording system. Nearly 7,400 doses have been received and full documentation is still awaited.
To date, those vaccinated include nearly 290,000 San Diegans who have been fully vaccinated, while more than 22% of San Diegans over the age of 16 have received at least one dose, representing nearly 595,000 people.
- The currently calculated, adjusted percentage of San Diego County cases is 10.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (as of March 2), and the region is in Purple Tier or Tier 1.
- The positivity percentage in testing was 4.2%, placing the district at level 3 or an orange layer. While the county’s degree of positivity testing qualifies it as level 3, the state uses the most restrictive metric – in this case, the adjusted frequency of cases – and identifies counties in that stratum. Therefore, the district remains in the purple or first row.
- The county’s equity health equity, which looks at the test positive for areas with the lowest health conditions, is 6% and is in the red or second row. This indicator does not move counties to more restrictive levels, but requires you to move to a less restrictive level.
- The California Department of Public Health evaluates counties on a weekly basis. The next report is scheduled for Tuesday, March. 9.
Outbreaks in the community:
- 11 new community outbreaks were confirmed on March 2: three in a grocery store, two in a retail environment, two in a business environment, two in a faith-based environment, one in a restaurant / bar and one in a food processing / drinks setting.
- In the last seven days (February 24 to March 2), 30 community outbreaks were confirmed.
- The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
- The outbreak in the community is defined as three or more cases of COVID-19 in the setting and in people from different households in the last 14 days.
- On March 2, 13,293 tests were reported in the county, and the percentage of new positive cases was 3%.
- The 14-day moving average rate of positive cases was 3.7%. The target is less than 8.0%.
- The seven-day average daily value of the tests is 13,099.
Cases, hospitalizations and admission to the intensive care unit:
- On March 2, 352 cases were reported in the county. The total region is now 261,353.
- 13,179 or 5% of all cases required hospitalization.
- 1,599 or 0.6% of all cases and 12.1% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to the intensive care unit.
- Twenty-five new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on March 2. The total region is 3 342.
- 16 men and nine women died between December 20 and March 2.
- Of the 25 deaths reported on March 2, two died aged 80 or over, three were 70, 11 were 60, seven were 50 and two were 40.
- 21 had a basic medical condition, two did not, and two had an upcoming medical history.
The more detailed summaries of the data found in County website coronavirus-sd.com are updated around 17:00 every day.