San Diego County’s state-reported COVID-19 numbers Tuesday dipped low enough to set the region on a path to lift some COVID-19 restrictions as soon as next week.
The county remains in the orange tier of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening plan. On Tuesday, the state reported the county’s adjusted case rate was 1.7 new daily cases per 100,000 population — low enough to qualify for the yellow tier, the state’s least restrictive. That is an improvement from last week’s 2.4 new cases per 100,000.
The county’s testing positivity rate is 1.3% and the health equity quartile positivity rate — the rate a county’s most vulnerable quarter of people are testing positive for the virus — is 1.5%, both low enough to be in the yellow tier. Those rates have dropped from 1.5% and 1.8% from last week.
However, to land in the yellow tier next Tuesday, the county would need to report an average of fewer than two new cases per 100,000 for another week.
The state plans to lift most COVID-19-related limitations on June 15, no matter where the counties fall in those above metrics at the time.
— City News Service contributed to this article