COVID-19 Response & Economic Recovery

While mindful that COVID-19 will require our ongoing vigilance and resources, a sense of hope is returning to the region. In a testament to the resilience of residents in San Diego County, the local economy is gaining strength, children are back in school and people are returning to the things they love. 

The County invested $800 million since the beginning of the pandemic to protect residents’ health, help feed and house the most vulnerable, prevent evictions, support small businesses and more. 

Through our test, trace and treat, or T3 strategy, the County set up numerous testing sites, rapidly hired hundreds of contact tracers and opened vaccination centers around the county. The County led the state in opening the very first Vaccination Super Station at Petco Park.

“I wish to compliment two of your Public Health Nurses…for 'going the extra mile' helping myself, an 82-year-old senior with no technical devices, get scheduled for COVID vaccination."

- Gale W.

More than 2 million doses were administered by mid-summer, giving the region the highest vaccination rate among Southern California counties. All efforts have been carried out with a focus on equity and attention to communities hardest hit by the pandemic.    

Under trying circumstances, and often via telework, County employees found innovative ways to continue delivering vital services. Meeting the increased needs of residents, Self Sufficiency Services provided critical public assistance benefits to an additional 240,000 new customers and served 1 million residents since the beginning of the pandemic, while keeping all Family Resource Centers open. Board of Supervisors meetings went virtual, Parks and Recreation offered virtual tours, the Library expanded digital services and Child Support Services offered virtual appointments and expanded call center hours.

The County has been allocated $650 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funding will go further toward getting San Diegans back on their feet with an emphasis on equity.

Funding will support senior and youth services, increased small business stimulus funds, permit fee waivers for the events industry, more broadband access, infrastructure, child care subsidies, additional efforts to address homelessness, expanded food assistance and mental health services.

To support economic recovery, a newly established Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement will help workers and employers navigate labor laws, identify opportunities to advance fair and safe workplaces in the region and develop enforcement strategies.

COVID-19 Response


Total Tests

(Data as of 9/22/21)


Residents Vaccinated

(Data as of 9/23/2021)


Eligible Population Fully Vaccinated

(Data as of 9/23/2021)