Record COVID-19 cases, 33 additional deaths reported in the region | New


Another record high number of COVID-19 cases and 33 additional deaths have been reported in San Diego County, the Health and Human Services Agency announced today.
The new daily record now stands at 4,550 cases of COVID-19, reported on January 7, bringing the region’s total to 185,062. The global total includes 28 confirmed cases and 13 suspected cases of the novel coronavirus variant identified for the first time in UK, known as B.1.1.7.

This is the third time the daily total has exceeded 4,000 cases in a single day since the Christmas and New Years holidays. Previous high totals were set for December 31 and January 1, when 4,478 and 4,427 cases have been reported respectively.

In addition, 33 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported, and the total now stands at 1,771.

“We expected the cases to increase after the holidays and they did. We need to do a better job following public health guidelines, especially now that the most contagious variant of COVID-19 is in our communities, ”said Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH, county public health official. “The San Diegans should not get together with people outside their home and should stay at home as much as possible.”

The San Diegans should more than ever do the following:

  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your distance from others and only leave your home for essential activities
  • wash your hands
  • If you are sick, take a test, then stay home and isolate yourself

For more information on COVID-19, testing locations and vaccine distribution, visit

ICU capacity and order of stay at home:

  • The current availability of intensive care unit (ICU) beds for the Southern California area is 0.0% and will be updated daily by the state.
  • The regional stay-at-home ordinance is in effect and prohibits gatherings of any size with people from other households and adds restrictions for several areas.
  • The order will last until the region’s ICU availability reaches or exceeds 15%.

Community-based epidemics:

  • 10 new community outbreaks were confirmed on Jan. 7: four in businesses, three in health care facilities, two in distribution warehouses and one in a daycare / preschool / daycare center.
  • In the past seven days (January 1 to January 7), 40 community outbreaks have been confirmed.
  • The number of community epidemics remains above the trigger point of seven or more in seven days.
  • A community-based outbreak is defined as three or more cases of COVID-19 in one setting and in people from different households in the past 14 days.


  • 28,952 tests were reported to the county on January 7 and the percentage of new positive cases was 16%.
  • The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 14.3%. The target is less than 8.0%.
  • The daily 7-day test average is 23,341.
  • People at higher risk for COVID-19 who may or may not have symptoms should be tested. People with symptoms should get tested. Healthcare professionals and essential workers should also get tested, as well as people who have had close contact with a positive case or who live in heavily affected communities. Those who have recently returned from travel or attended holiday gatherings are also encouraged to get tested.


  • 6,177 or 3.3% of all cases required hospitalization.
  • 1,268 or 0.7% of all cases and 20.5% of hospitalized cases required admission to an intensive care unit.


  • 33 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported to the county on January 7. The region’s total is now 1,771.
  • 23 men and 10 women died between December 13 and January 6.
  • Of the 33 new deaths reported, 13 people who died were 80 or older, six in their 60s, nine in their 60s, three in their 50s, one in their 30s and one in their 20s.
  • All of them had underlying medical conditions.

More information:

More detailed data summaries found on the county’s website are updated around 5 p.m. daily.


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