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San Diego County’s COVID Hospitalizations Increase By 17

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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

San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services reported 897 new cases of the coronavirus and eight additional deaths linked to the virus, while hospitalizations with positive COVID increased by 17 on Tuesday.

The new data brings the county’s cumulative totals to 887,636 infections and 5,417 deaths since the pandemic began. Current hospital beds now stand at 442, while those in intensive care units are down by two to 46. The number of available hospital beds is down by six to 256.

Meanwhile, San Diego County residents are now able to get the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

Novavax, used in other countries, is a more “traditional” vaccine, developed with protein-based technology that the US Food and Drug Administration has used for decades to treat diseases such as hepatitis B, shingles and human papillomavirus. The vaccine presents a specific part of the virus against which the body creates immunity.

Novavax is approved as a main line of two doses, three to eight weeks apart, in people 18 years of age and older. Clinical trials have shown that the vaccine is 90% effective in preventing mild, moderate and severe COVID-19.

According to the HHSA, clinical trials have shown that Novavax does not cause serious side effects. The reactions were mild and similar to those rare effects seen with COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA technology, such as pain, tenderness, redness and swelling at the injection site.

Novavax is expected to be available at local health care providers, retail pharmacies, community clinics and county public health centers, and at community vaccination events.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents age 12 and older is 54.35 for fully vaccinated and boosted, 32.53 for fully vaccinated, and 93.86 for unvaccinated San Diegans.

According to the county’s HHSA, lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus remain close to 10,000 per week, a number that does not include home testing. 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.

More than 3 million or 89.9% of San Diegans 6 months of age and older are at least partially vaccinated. Over 2.65 million or 79.3% are fully vaccinated. A total of 1,416,251 or 58% of the 2,430,747 eligible San Diegans have received assistance.

HHSA updates the data on Monday and Thursday evenings.

– City news service

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