San Diego County COVID-19 Update – 3-23-2021 | News

Here’s today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through March 22.

Vaccination progress:

  • More than 1.59 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to the region and more than 1.44 million have been recorded as administered. This number includes both county residents and those who work in San Diego County.
  • Of those vaccinated to date, more than 504,000 county residents, or 18.8% of San Diego residents age 16 and older, are fully immunized.
  • Overall, more than 823,000 county residents have received at least one injection of the two-dose vaccine. That’s 30.6% of those eligible.
  • Those receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are adding to the total of San Diegans fully vaccinated.
  • The difference between the doses administered and those used in a vaccine represents roughly what is expected to be administered in the next seven days and the doses have yet to be entered into the registry system.
  • More information on vaccine distribution can be found at your county immunization panel. For details on currently eligible groups and vaccination opportunities, visit

Status metrics:

  • The adjusted case rate calculated by the state of San Diego County is currently 5.5 cases per 100,000 residents. The county is on the red level.
  • Currently, the test positivity rate is 2.4%, which places the County at Level 3 or the Orange Level.
  • The county’s health equity metric, which looks at test positivity for the areas with the lowest health conditions, is 3.4% and is also at the Orange Level or Level 3.
  • While two of the three metrics qualify the county for Orange Tier or Tier 3, the state assigns counties to the most restrictive tier.
  • The California Department of Public Health assesses counties weekly. The next report is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30.

Outbreaks in community settings:

  • No new outbreaks were confirmed in the community on March 22.
  • In the last seven days (March 16 to March 22), 16 community outbreaks were confirmed.
  • The number of outbreaks in the community remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
  • An outbreak in a community setting is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in one setting and in people from different households during the past 14 days.


  • 11,456 tests were reported to the county on March 22 and the percentage of new positive cases was 2%.
  • The 14-day moving average percentage of positive cases is 2.7%. The target is less than 8.0%.
  • The 7-day daily test average is 11,482.

Cases, hospitalizations and admissions to ICU:

  • 243 COVID-19 cases were reported to the county on March 22. The total for the region is now 268,160.
  • 13,969 or 5.2% of all cases have required hospitalization.
  • 1,628 or 0.6% of all cases and 11.7% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.


  • Four new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on March 22. The total for the region is 3,498.
  • A woman and three men died between March 19 and 21.
  • One person who died was 80 years old, another 70, another 60 and 50 years old.
  • All had underlying medical conditions.

More information:

The more detailed data summaries found in the County website they update around 5pm every day.


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