SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County public health officials reported 1,230 new COVID-19 infections Sunday and nine additional deaths from the virus.
After Tuesday’s case totals came in at 926, ending a 63-day streak with more than 1,000 cases, it appeared the pandemic in San Diego County was ebbing. On Wednesday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 968 new cases, but 1,598 new cases were reported on Thursday.
Sunday’s report pushed the aggregate coronavirus numbers in the county to 246,564 cases and 2,821 deaths from the disease since the pandemic started.
Of the 19,919 tests reported Sunday, 6% returned positive, nudging the 14-day rolling average up slightly to 7.7% from Thursday’s 7.5%. As recently as Jan. 22, the percentage was more than 10%.
The HHSA reported 1,109 patients with COVID-19 in county hospitals, 336 of whom were in intensive care units, a decrease of nearly 400 hospitalized people from two weeks ago and 621 fewer than the record 1,804 patients set Jan. 12.
ICU patients with COVID-19 decreased by 95 in that two-week window. There are 42 available, staffed ICU beds in the county.
The county health agency reported 10 new community outbreaks Saturday, bringing the total in the past week to 73, tied to 285 cases.
As an increasing number of San Diegans get vaccinated against COVID-19, the HHSA is reminding the public that it is too soon to stop using face coverings and social distancing.
While the two FDA-approved vaccines have shown promising results in clinical trials, it takes several weeks for the immunizations to become fully effective. It is unknown whether a vaccinated person could potentially catch and spread COVID-19 to someone who has not been vaccinated.
Nearly 12% of San Diegans age 16 and over have received at least one of the two shots required to develop antibody protection against the virus. Around 2.2% of the population over the age of 16 is fully vaccinated.
San Diego County coronavirus inoculation sites have received 586,225 doses of vaccine and administered 411,565 doses, according to the HHSA.
Cal Fire announced new appointment dates at vaccine sites in Carlsbad and at Cuyamaca College Sunday. The agency revealed three vaccine clinics planned for San Diego’s rural communities on Saturday as part of Operation Collaboration, a joint effort by San Diego County and two dozen fire and EMS services county-wide.
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