COVID Activity Remains High in SD County, as Hospitalizations Decline

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A medical staff member treats a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

COVID-19 activity remains high in San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported, even though hospitalizations are slowly declining.

County hospital patients with COVID-19 fell by 15 to 374 in the latest state data released Saturday, down from 465 in the summer as of July 22. Those with coronavirus in intensive care units fell by three to 42 and the number of available hospital beds rose by three to 247.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved San Diego County to the high-risk level for COVID-19 three weeks ago, and cases continue to rise. Officials said the high risk level means that COVID is widespread throughout the community and San Diegans should continue to take precautions such as wearing a mask indoors in public, getting vaccinated and boosted and they stay home if they are sick.

“San Diegans should do everything they can to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “If you feel sick, stay home, get tested for COVID-19 and talk to your doctor about treatment options.”

HHSA reported 1,446 new infections and seven deaths in its latest figures, bringing the cumulative numbers to 891,394 cases and 5,424 deaths. A total of 9,495 cases were reported last week compared to 11,362 cases the previous week.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents age 12 and older is 56.80 for fully vaccinated and boosted, 36.79 for fully vaccinated, and 111.77 for unvaccinated San Diegans.

More than 3 million or 89.9% of San Diegans 6 months of age and older are at least partially vaccinated. Almost 2.66 million or 79.4% are fully vaccinated. A total of 1,424,581 or 58.5% of the 2,435,363 eligible San Diegans have received assistance.

HHSA updates the data on Monday and Thursday evenings.

– City news service

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