County Urges Caution as Increase in COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Continues

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FILE PHOTO: An unidentified patient with COVID-19 is treated in the ICU at Providence St Joseph Hospital in Orange, U.S., July 23, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Younis

San Diego County is seeing spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, prompting local public health officials Friday to encourage residents to be more cautious.

According to the county data Agency for Health and Human Services, laboratory confirmed The number of coronavirus cases remains close to 10,000 per week, a number that does not include home tests. HHSA also reported that it has also seen an increase in reinfections — San Diegans who have tested positive for COVID-19 several times throughout the pandemic. Previous infection does not necessarily prevent re-infection with some of the newer variants of the virus, according to national data.

In addition, hospitalizations for COVID-related illnesses are also on the rise, up 66% in the past 30 days. New ICU admissions increased by 68% over the same period.

“Due to the increased level of transmission in the community, including reinfections, we strongly recommend covering up, especially in crowded spaces or around family, friends and colleagues who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Dr Cameron Kaiser, deputy county public health officer. “Our best bet for preventing hospitalizations and deaths is to stay up-to-date with vaccinations and boosters for COVID-19 and to isolate ourselves from others when we get sick.”

The county reported 1,767 new infections and eight deaths on Thursday, bringing the total to 844,017 cases and 5,357 deaths. Hospitalizations rose by 10 from Thursday’s numbers to 363, with ICU patients rising by three overnight to 45. There were 48 fewer hospital beds available, for a total of 197.

According to HHSA data, 2.99 million or 94.9% of San Diegans age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. The number of fully vaccinated is over 2.64 million or 84% of those eligible. In addition, the county has seen 1,385,514 boosters granted — or 57.5% of the 2,408,140 eligible San Diegans.

The San Diego County incidence rate per 100,000 residents age 12 and older is 44.75 for fully vaccinated and boosted, 25.87 for fully vaccinated, and 84.07 for unvaccinated San Diegans.

The county only reports COVID data on Mondays and Thursdays.

— City news service

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