San Diego County Stays in The Red But No Youth Soccer Games Allowed
Coping with the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic has become the new way of life. San Diego Country was close to another shut down as the number of confirmed cases was dangerously close to pushing the county into a stricter tier that would shut down food courts, movie theaters, and limit restaurants and retail again.
On September 22, it was announced that San Diego County narrowly missed moving from the Red Tier #2 to the Purple Tier #1 and facing shutdowns. Keeping in mind that San Diego was the first country to be considered COVID-safe enough to be in the Red Tier but there has still been no movement on allowing youth soccer games to be played.
While San Diego County officials stated in the County of San Diego Communications Office press conference this evening that they are not aware of any outbreaks at K-12 public schools requiring a shutdown, there was no mention of opening youth sports or youth soccer in specific.
The wider impact on San Diego area youth soccer clubs has been monumental. Youth soccer players in San Diego County have not played competitive games in a tournament or even a country league. San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar is a strong advocate of youth sports and has provided a clear voice to the often overlooked youngest citizens. “Youth sports in San Diego provides vital programming for San Diego’s kids, and if we want our kids to play safely, we must speak up,” said Gaspar in a recent interview. Gaspar is concerned that sports like youth soccer may not return to any pre-pandemic level of activity in 2020.
“It is unclear if youth soccer games will happen this year.”Kristin Gaspar, San Diego County Supervisor
College soccer has suffered the same fate. In August, the Pac-12 Conference postpones fall sports through the end of 2020, sidelining SDSU men’s soccer for the year. The Big West and the West Coast Conferences also postponed fall sports with the hope of being able to reschedule the University of San Diego (USD) and the University of San Diego (USD) games in 2021.
“Everyone has a role to play. Wear a face covering.”Resounding message from San Diego County
A critical juncture in the pandemic, the rising numbers of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus COVID-19 came close to pushing San Diego County back to the days of closures and shutdowns.
Under the new state monitoring metrics, San Diego County is currently in Tier 2, also referred to as the Red Tier. The number of outbreaks at area Universities and Colleges threaten to throw America’s Finest City into the Purple Tier with more state-imposed restrictions which would be implemented on recently-opened businesses.
COVID-19 update from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency states confirmed cases a total case count for the local area is 43,445 cases.
“It is because of the efforts of most San Diegans that the County is able to remain in the Red Tier. The only way for the case rate to continue going down is if all local residents take the necessary precautions to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19.”Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., San Diego County public health officer
California’s most southern country along the pacific will now remain in the Red Tier for at least 14 more days but could drop to the Purple Tier if the local case rate goes above 7.0 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks. It would take three weeks for the County to be able to move to Tier 3 or the Orange Tier but not before driving its case rate down below 3.9 cases per 100,000 residents for 14 consecutive days.
While San Diego State University (SDSU) has reported high numbers of confirmed cases — a total of 914 cases on and off-campus combined — it follows the guidelines of the county, state, and federal public health officials and other authorities when addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases involving its students, faculty, and staff.
Medium Risk of COVID-19:
According to SDSU’s website, Medium Rish is defined as close contact (15 minutes or more) within six (6) feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 during the time period when they were infectious, or you have had brief contact with someone who has been ill with COVID-19-like symptoms, or who tested positive.
High Risk of COVID-19:
SDSU sites close, prolonged contact with an individual who has tested positive with COVID-19. Typically household contacts or intimate partners. This level of risk requires self-quarantine and symptom monitoring.
Understanding the Numbers
How is an Outbreak Defined? In the past seven days, from Sept. 15 through Sept. 21, 18 community outbreaks were confirmed in the county. An outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting of people of different households over the past 14 days.
The Details: San Diego County’s adjusted case rate dropped from 8.1 (unadjusted 7.9) to 6.9 per 100,000 and is now just 0.1 below the Red Tier maximum of 7.0 — allowing San Diego to remain in that tier of the state’s reopening plan. The figures used to calculate this new rate are from Sept. 6 through Sept. 12.