The County Department of Health and Human Services announced today that a San Diego man who had not traveled outside the county tested positive for the first variant of COVID-19 discovered in the UK.
After the symptoms lasted for two days, the man was tested on December 29, and the results showed that his characteristic pattern suggested that it might be a new UK strain. The specimen was immediately sent to Scripps Research, and the whole genome sequencing was confirmed as a UK variant on December 30, also known as B.1.1.7.
The patient has not been hospitalized and is currently in isolation. The county’s case investigation identified family contacts who are quarantining and testing for the novel coronavirus. The man rarely interacts with people outside the home, but he is contagious.
“The B.1.1.7 strain is here, and the people of St. Dickens can protect themselves from it by doing the same things they have been required to do since the pandemic began,” said Eric McDonald, MD, County Epidemiology and Immunization Service office. “Everyone should stay at home and avoid gatherings during the New Year holidays. The best way to celebrate is to make sure everyone stays healthy in 2021.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the British strain is one of several COVID-19 variants that have been identified around the world.
There is evidence that the new strains are easier to spread, but it is believed that these variants will not cause more serious illness or increase the risk of death.
At this time, it is also believed that currently available vaccines will provide protection against emerging variants. Scientists continue to study new strains of the novel coronavirus to determine its potential impact.
Because the new strain has a higher transmission rate, it may lead to an increase in cases in this area. Tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve, county health officials said that San Digan people are now more than ever able to do the following:
- wear mask
- Keep distance from others and only let family members engage in basic activities
- If you are sick, get checked and stay home to isolate yourself
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity and home orders:
- Currently, the utilization rate of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Southern California is 0.0% and will be updated daily by the state.
- The regional home order has come into effect, prohibiting gatherings of any size with people from other families, and increasing restrictions on multiple departments.
- The order will continue until the availability of ICU in the region reaches or exceeds 15%.
Community settings broke out:
- 11 new community outbreaks were confirmed on December 29: 4 in the business environment, 4 in the daycare/preschool/childcare environment, 1 in the TK-12 school environment, and 1 in the food/beverage processing environment Kind, 1 kind in hotel/resort/spa. Set up.
- In the past 7 days (December 23 to December 29), 55 community outbreaks were confirmed.
- The number of community outbreaks still exceeds 7 or more triggers within 7 days.
- In the past 14 days, a community environmental outbreak was defined as three or more COVID-19 cases among people in a certain community and different families.
- On December 29, the county reported 23,957 tests, and the percentage of newly confirmed cases was 10%.
- The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases was 10.8%. The target is below 8.0%.
- The average daily number of tests for 7 days is 21,645.
- People at high risk of COVID-19 with or without symptoms should be checked. Anyone with any symptoms should be checked. Health care and essential workers, as well as people who have close contact with active cases or live in severely affected communities, should also be tested. It also urges those who have recently returned from travel or those attending holiday parties to be checked.
- On December 29, the county reported 2,448 new cases. There are now 152,512 cases in the region.
- 5,826 cases, accounting for 3.8% of all cases, require hospitalization.
- There are 1,213 people in need of intensive care unit, accounting for 0.8% of all cases and 20.8% of hospitalized cases.
- On December 29, the county reported 37 new COVID-19 deaths. The total number of the area now stands at 1,472.
- Between December 17 and December 28, 21 men and 16 women died, ranging in age from their 50s to 100s.
- Thirty patients suffered from underlying diseases, and there were 7 patients with pending medical history.
The more detailed data summary found on the county’s coronavirus-sd.com website is updated every day at around 5 pm.