Regional ICU capacity is now at 0.0%

Regional ICU capacity is now at 0.0%

By Katie Cadiao
County of San Diego Communications Office

(Dec. 17, 2020) Total cases of COVID-19 reported by the County of San Diego in the Scripps Ranch 92131 ZIP Code area now stand at 476.

Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Dec. 16.

ICU Capacity and Stay Home Order:

  • The current ICU capacity for the Southern California region is now 0.0% and will be updated by the state daily.
  • The Regional Stay Home Order is now in effect and prohibits gatherings of any size with people from other households and adds restrictions for multiple sectors.
  • The order will last for at least three weeks or until the region’s ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. The order will be assessed by the state after the three-week period.

Community Setting Outbreaks:

  • Eight new community outbreaks were confirmed on Dec. 16: two in business settings, two in distribution warehouse settings, one in a grocery setting, one in a TK-12 school setting, one in a healthcare setting and one in a construction setting.
  • In the past seven days (Dec. 10 through Dec. 16), 38 community outbreaks were confirmed.
  • The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
  • A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.


  • 28,696 tests were reported to the County on Dec. 16, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 9%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 8.7%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 25,834.
  • People at higher risk for COVID-19 who are with or without symptoms should be tested. People with any symptoms should get tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who have had close contact to a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted. Those recently returned from travel, or who participated in holiday gatherings, are also urged to get tested.


  • 2,604 new cases were reported to the County on Dec 16. The region’s total is now 116,852.
  • 5,294 or 4.5% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,131 or 1.0% of all cases and 21.4% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Twenty-two new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Dec. 16. The region’s total is now 1,239.
  • Sixteen women and six men died between Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, and their ages ranged from mid-20s to early 100s.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.