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Three deaths, 201 new coronavirus cases reported by county

San Diego Union Tribune logo San Diego Union Tribune 4 days ago Gary Warth
a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Gail Donahue stood in line with other customers who were all spaced out for the required social distancing at the Farmers Market in Little Italy. To allow for the required social distancing, the market was limited to 50 customers at a time. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune) © (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune) Gail Donahue stood in line with other customers who were all spaced out for the required social distancing at the Farmers Market in Little Italy. To allow for the required social distancing, the market was limited to 50 customers at a time. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

County health officials reported that only 1 percent of about 19,000 tests for the novel coronavirus had come back positive Saturday, although other factors indicate it still could be spreading, placing the region at risk of greater restrictions.

The county's state-calculated adjusted case rate of coronavirus cases is 6.8 per 100,000, up from the previous assessment of 6.5. If the county were to reach an adjusted rate higher than 7 for two weeks in a row, more restrictions could be put in place, and businesses that had allowed customers indoors would have to move all services outdoors.

The California Department of Public Health assess counties on a weekly basis, with the next report scheduled for Tuesday.

Three more deaths related to COVID-19 also have been reported. All were men who died between Aug. 26 and Oct. 16, with ages ranging from early 30s to mid-80s. Two of the three had underlying medical conditions.

The 201 new confirmed local cases reported Saturday brings the county's total to 51,982 cases.

Of those, 7 percent, or 3,752 people, were hospitalized, and 869 were serious enough to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Two more community outbreaks also have been confirmed, with both in business settings. From Oct. 10-16, the county has reported 38 community outbreaks, which are defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a single place and among people of different households.

In a more encouraging sign, only 1 percent of 19,423 cases reported Saturday came back with positive results. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 2.7 percent, still below the county's target of less than 8 percent.

The seven-day daily average of tests is 10,236.

This story originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune.

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