Severe impacts of contracting COVID-19

Wearing a mask protects you and others from COVID-19. (County of San Diego)

Severe impacts of contracting COVID-19

(July 29) Six out of every 10 adult San Diegans are at extra risk for severe illness should they contract the novel coronavirus.

That’s because about 57% of San Diego County adults have pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and lung disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

San Diegans with underlying chronic conditions are at increased risks of serious outcomes if they contract COVID-19, requiring to be hospitalized, placed in intensive care or worse, dying.

To date, 95% of San Diegans who died from COVID-19 had an underlying medical conditions.

“COVID-19 deaths can be prevented,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “It’s important to remember that our actions matter. We must all do all we can to prevent from contracting and spreading the virus.”

It’s true that some younger San Diegans don’t need to be hospitalized, but that is not the case for older adults. Of the 2,459 people who were hospitalized due to COVID-19, about 52% were 60 years of age or older.

“Some San Diegans think they’re not going to get sick and therefore are not following the public health guidance,” said Wooten. “What they don’t realize is that they could get infected and pass the virus to others who are vulnerable.”

Community setting outbreaks:

  • Six new outbreaks were identified on July 28: three in restaurant/bar settings, two in businesses and one in a healthcare setting.
  • In the past seven days, 24 community outbreaks were identified.
  • 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.


  • 6,899 tests were reported to the County on July 28 and 4% were laboratory-confirmed positive new cases.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 5.5%. Target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day, daily average of tests is 8,456.


  • 282 new cases were reported in San Diego County for a total of 28,287.
  • 2,459 or 8.7% of cases have required hospitalization.
  • 632 or 2.2% of all cases and 25.7% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Five new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County on July 28 and the region’s total is now 552.
  • Three men and two women died between July 23 and July 27 and their ages ranged from 33 to 96 years of age.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.
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