SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — The San Diego County health department has reported 881 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 297,226 since the pandemic began, with the death toll remaining at 3,798.
There were 23 new hospitalizations reported Saturday, bringing the total to 15,885 to date, with a decrease of one patient from an intensive care unit, bringing the total ICU admissions to date to 1,726, health officials said.
There were 13,543 tests reported as of Friday, with a 7-day average of 11,069 and a 7-day positive rate of 8.5%, county officials said.
Health officials reported 1,273 new COVID-19 cases Friday, the highest daily total since Feb. 5.
The recent spike in cases drove the county to recommend mask-wearing indoors for all San Diegans regardless of vaccination status.
“Unvaccinated people are overwhelmingly the ones getting infected and being hospitalized,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “If you have not gotten your COVID-19 vaccine, do it now.”
In the past month, the local COVID-19 case rate has jumped from 2.1 to 19.3 cases per 100,000 residents. Hospitalizations have also increased more than 300% and intensive care unit admissions rose by over 120% during that period.
San Diegans have largely turned to traditional vaccination clinics to get immunized against COVID-19, county health officials said Friday. According to county data, retail pharmacies are now the primary provider of vaccines, administering more than 100,000 doses in July as of Wednesday.
They were followed, in order, by community clinics, with nearly 20,000 doses; private medical providers, with nearly 17,000 doses; county sites, with around 13,000 doses; and hospitals, with just under 9,000 doses during the same time frame.
“I want to thank every San Diegan who has been vaccinated and the many partners working daily with the county to ensure vaccines are readily available in every part of our region,” Wooten said. “Masking and other public health guidance are additional measures to help us safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccinations are our key for getting out of it.”
The county has been working with its vaccination partners to get the word out to San Diegans who are hesitant about getting immunized. To date, around 2.28 million — or 81.4% of the 2.8 million San Diegans eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine — have received a first dose and around 1.97 million or 70.3% are fully vaccinated.
The county is helping medical providers contact all San Diegans who are partially vaccinated to get their second shot, especially now that COVID-19 cases have been going up — a spike driven primarily by the Delta variant. The county is also using the San Diego Immunization Registry to develop follow-up reminders for those who are behind schedule.
In addition to the hundreds of vaccine locations available throughout the region, the county is also operating eight geographically distributed no- cost vaccination sites that allow people to choose any one of the three vaccines available in the United States: Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
For a list of locations and more information, go to www.coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.
— City News Service