Vaccine Coronavirus Balboa Park
Fire-rescue personnel prepare to begin vaccinating residents at the Balboa Municipal Gym. Courtesy SDFR

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported just 94 new COVID-19 cases out of 12,693 tests logged Wednesday — a positivity rate of less than 1%.

The last time the county saw so few cases was May 31, 2020, when 73 infections were reported — nearly a full calendar year ago.

Wednesday’s data increased the total coronavirus case count to 278,401. County officials did not report any additional deaths, leaving the death toll at 3,725.

According to data from the California Department of Public Health, San Diego County made significant strides in reducing adjusted daily case rates. The county’s rate dropped from five new daily cases per 100,000 people to 3.7 this week.

To descend into the “yellow” or least restrictive tier of the state’s reopening plan, the county must report fewer than two cases per 100,000 — a metric Fletcher believes the county is unlikely to reach before most restrictions are lifted statewide on June 15.

The county’s 14-day rolling average positivity rate declined to 1.7% and the health equity positivity rate — how the state measures a county’s most vulnerable or underserved quartile — declined to 2%. Both of these numbers are good enough for yellow tier, however a county is represented by its worst performing of three metrics. That leaves San Diego County in the orange tier, which imposes some business restrictions.

— City News Service contributed to this report

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