‘What a Difference a Week Makes During COVID’ in San Diego County: 962 New Cases, 35 More Deaths

by on May 15, 2020 · 8 comments

in Health, San Diego

The above SDU-T chart is from today, Friday, May 15, 2020, with the data good through Thursday, May 14. Compared with last week’s chart published Friday, May 8, with data good through the 7th, we can see the increases in total deaths, total cases and new positive cases. With increased testing, the numbers are bound to go up. Yet, in one week in San Diego County, there were 962 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 additional deaths.

The chart immediately below is from April 30. Between that week and last, there were 865 new cases and 41 deaths.

This next chart, below, is from April 20.

Chart below is from April 6. Remember the old days when total deaths in SD County were only in the double digits?


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Tyler May 15, 2020 at 2:18 pm

A few additional data points to keep in mind:

% positive has been reduced from about 6.3% at the end of April to 4.6% right now. So even with the number of cases reported, we’re actually seeing a lower percentage of positive results. To complement this data point, the number of new cases per day has dropped even with testing expanding by ~1000 per day in May.

ICU/Deaths curve has mostly flattened.



Michael May 16, 2020 at 1:16 am

This is wildly misleading. The number of new cases, and new deaths is much more informative. I check the numbers everyday and it’s getting better. This is inflammatory journalism.


Lyle May 16, 2020 at 10:56 am

Hey Michael, Tyler gave us a link to data that supports his conclusion. You are apparantly looking at different data. I’d like to know what data you are checking everyday. Also please clarify if you meant to say flattening is better than growing, or did you mean that you see a reduction in some indicator ?

I agree with you that these graphs do not show the whole picture. Journalists try to reduce data to a volume the reader is willing to wade through. Anytime you reduce data you are editing it, and most likely introducing some sort of bias in your decision. I don’t know what the UT’s bias is these days, which is why I like the RAG. At least here the bias is pretty clear.


Lori Saldana May 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm

Of more concern- yet not being taken very seriously given recent comments in news reports:
Latinos are over-represented in COVID infections per 100K residents.

As of May 15:
Hispanic or Latino: 2,624 cases= 60.3% of those infected or 228 per 100K residents
Compare that to: White: 1,101 cases = 25.3% of those infected and only 72.2/100K residents

Note; Latinos are 33% of the population in San Diego County, yet 60% of the infections- so these rates are disproportionately high.

Other communities:
Black or African American 181 cases, 4.2% 122.5/100K residents
(Black/African Americans account for about 6% of county population)

Asian 352 cases, 8.1%, 96.7/100K residents
Pacific Islander 38 cases, 0.9%, 258.3/100K residents

Source: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/Epidemiology/COVID-19%20Race%20and%20Ethnicity%20Summary.pdf


sealintheSelkirks May 16, 2020 at 9:29 pm

Lyle, I was a newspaper boy for the Copley Press/San Diego Evening Tribune in 1968. It was a mouthpiece for the wealthy conservative owner class then and somehow I doubt very much it has changed much judging by the politics apparent in San Diego County now.

As for all this hullabaloo over testing, note:

‘Iceland started testing at the end of January, a month before they identified their first case. “Why did you do that?” Christianne Amanpour asked Prime Minister Katrin Jacobsdottir. “Because we knew it was coming.”

The U.S. still trails more than a dozen other countries in the number of tests per confirmed Covid-19 case, a leading indicator of a nation’s scale of testing.

Trump in Allentown, PA, on Thursday said: “We have the best testing in the world. Could be that testing is, frankly, overrated. Maybe it is overrated. But whenever they start yelling we want more, we want more. Then we do more and they say we want more. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing we would have very few cases.”

Bluntly, no one has seen logic like this before. In fact, I’m not sure that any one ever thought logic like this was even possible. If it can even be classified as logic…

I wish somebody could get all of these clowns…uhhhh, leaders to sign, date, and have the document below notarized? Makes sense to me since the un-priviledged working class keeps getting told by these people that they are completely responsible for their actions…and the consequences. But they aren’t.

Let us see them put their money where their mouth is since, generally speaking, they all have a lot more of that than the 60% of the working population that don’t have $400 saved for an emergency because they live paycheck to paycheck…

I posted links about what the scientists are saying is coming in a few weeks on:


So pay no attention to the man behind the curtain Dorothy…


“I ______________________ (elected official) hereby accept all liability for the health care required as a result of my decision to ignore the medical expertise given to me, additionally, I will personally fund the lost wages due to those exposed to the corona virus as a result of ignoring the medical expertise given to me. I further accept the financial responsibility for any and all economic and non-economic damages resulting from the loss of health and/or life for all who are exposed to the corona virus that would not have been but for my choice to ignore medical expertise.”


Geoff Page May 18, 2020 at 10:18 am

Well, seal, we have something in common. I had a paper route in 1966 over in Coronado delivering that same rag. Got pretty good a flinging papers onto porches as I rode by on my bike.


thequeenisalizard May 17, 2020 at 8:52 am

And the state/city governments are so intimidated by the rightwing protests, they refuse to even require people to wear masks. Walk around the beach areas, at least half of the people don’t even have one on, or even with them. Who is profit before death really benefitting?


Geoff Page May 18, 2020 at 10:16 am

You don’t have to wear a mask unless you will be closer than six feet to another person. I see people walking alone or even in their cars alone wearing masks. Makes no sense. And, how do you know they don’t have a mask on them? I keep one in my pocket if I have to enter a place that requires one, I put it on, then take it off when I leave. Just because I’m not wearing the stupid thing around my neck doesn’t mean I don’t have one.


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