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Triggers to modify health order

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Triggers to modify health order

Even as the County continues to allow additional activities within its health order, it is refining criteria that would prompt renewed restrictions.

A set of 13 triggers was shown to the Board of Supervisors during an update on the County’s COVID-19 response at their meeting Tuesday. The variety of data indicators reviewed would lead public health officials to pull back on the reopening of the local economy.

The modification of the health order would be triggered if any of the following criteria was met:

  • More than seven new COVID-19 outbreaks in community settings in a 7-day period
  • A total of 50% or fewer local hospitals have at least a 15-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) at hospitals over a rolling 3-day period
  • Less than 20% of the county’s ICU beds available

The health order would also be modified if a combination of one or more of the remaining criteria in two or more of three categories are met. See full list of triggers: HealthOrderModificationTriggers.pdf.

“The data in San Diego is trending in the right direction but as more businesses reopen, we need to be prepared for a spike in COVID-19 infections,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H, County public health officer. “The triggers presented to the board today will allow us to better monitor the capacity of the local healthcare system and base decisions about the reopening of further sectors of the economy on local metrics.”

The board also directed staff to prepare a report for the June 23 board meeting that details how the County will continue to protect its most vulnerable residents from COVID-19.

The meeting came as the latest revision to the health order went into effect, allowing people to sit or lie down on the beach. They need to remain with household members.

Cities can have tighter restrictions, so beachgoers should check before visiting.

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