Sea World to reopen, county’s COVID-19 numbers remain steady

SeaWorld San Diego announced Friday it will reopen Feb. 6 under the state’s operating rules for zoos and aquariums.

Reservations will be required, and park rides will remain closed. The park reported it will release more details about its reopening Monday.

Also on Friday, county officials announced the opening of a new vaccination site at Tubman Chavez Community Center, 415 Euclid Ave., San Diego. Vaccines will be given from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

The county’s third super site for vaccines is scheduled to open at CSU San Marcos on Sunday. The new pedestrian site will vaccinate people from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and appointments will become available Saturday.

Vaccines are available to health care workers and people over 65 years old, and appointments must be made through the San Diego County website or, for people 75 and older, by calling 2-1-1.

While there continue to be signs that the spread of the coronavirus has slowed in San Diego County, an additional 37 deaths from the disease were reported Friday, adding to what already has been the deadliest month in the region.

The deaths reported Friday include eight women and 19 men who died between Dec. 29 and Jan. 27. Of the 37 reported Friday, 19 were 80 years or older, 10 were in their 70s, five were in their 60s, two were in their 50s and one person was in their 40s.

The latest fatalities bring the total for January to 788. In all, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 2,571 county residents, and the number of positive cases has hit 234,640 as of Friday.

The January death toll is nearly four times as high as what was recorded during the summer surge in July.

County health officials also reported another 1,670 new cases, up slightly from 1,489 the day before but still significantly lower than 4,550 cases reported Jan. 7.

Another 60 people were hospitalized with the disease Friday, bringing the daily total to 1,391, with 396 in intensive care units.