San Diego County has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since June 15, the day California “reopened” and most health and safety protocols related to the pandemic were removed.
“We are seeing about double the number of cases reported about a month ago,” Dr Wilma Wooten, county public health official, said on Tuesday.
The data suggests the increase could be even larger. The county reported 275 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and has averaged about 271 a day over the past week. Between June 14 and June 20, the county saw about 71 cases per day.
And after weeks of daily positivity percentages hovering around 1%, this curve has been on a steady slope since June 15.
The reopening of the region is a factor in the increase in cases, according to county health officials, as is the relaxed mask policy and recent July 4 trips and rallies.
Kaiser Permanente graduate nurse Robyn Sarvis has not only cared for patients with COVID-19, but has battled the disease herself. She encourages everyone to consider a vaccine and says she is now seeing younger, unvaccinated people being treated for the disease.
“Now there is a vaccine available, but the people who come to us are largely unvaccinated and they are younger, in their twenties and thirties, arriving at the hospital with COVID pneumonia,” Sarvis said. . “We are aware that we are not where we were, we are thankful that we are not there, but we do not want to see ourselves coming back there.”
Sarvis said the winter push was a tough time for healthcare workers.
“I think we are all slowly recovering from last year. It was very scary going through the pandemic and seeing the rapid state of sort of OK to very, very sick and even dying in a short time. time, ”Sarvis said.
The county has said at this time that it does not consider any changes to its current mask rules. Earlier Thursday, LA County returned to requiring masks indoors in response to the increase in cases there.