Native well being officers Wednesday urged San Diegans to take precautions to keep away from spreading respiratory sickness over the lengthy vacation weekend.
These embody sporting a well-fitting, good-quality masks indoors or in crowded areas, washing arms totally and infrequently, staying away from sick individuals and cleansing generally touched surfaces.
“It is a great time of yr, and we wish everybody to have a good time well and shield themselves, their household and group,” stated Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public well being officer. “Don’t let flu, COVID-19, or different winter diseases spoil your loved ones reunions this vacation season.”
COVID-19 and flu vaccines are broadly out there throughout the area at pharmacies, medical facilities and clinics. The 2 vaccines could be administered throughout the identical go to. The San Diego County Well being and Human Companies Company famous that the COVID-19 main vaccine collection and booster don’t shield towards the flu, and the flu vaccine doesn’t shield individuals towards COVID-19. Due to this fact, it is strongly recommended that eligible San Diegans get vaccinated towards each viruses.
A completely vaccinated individual can nonetheless contract and transmit COVID, however well being officers say the vaccines provide safety towards creating extreme signs that can lead to hospitalization and even dying.
A complete of three,034 COVID-19 circumstances have been reported to the county prior to now seven days, in comparison with 2,193 infections recognized the earlier week. The cumulative complete from all through the pandemic elevated to 938,321.
A further 5 deaths have been reported because the final report, and the area’s complete dying rely climbed to five,562.
The variety of individuals hospitalized with a coronavirus an infection in San Diego County declined by 19 to 205, in keeping with the newest state information launched Wednesday.
Of these sufferers, 20 have been being handled in intensive care, down from 26 yesterday.
Near 2.69 million — or 80.4% — of eligible San Diegans have acquired the first collection of one of many authorized COVID-19 vaccines. A complete of 1,500,106 — or 60.2% — of two,492,580 eligible San Diegans have acquired booster pictures.
Influenza circumstances additionally stay excessive, with 2,353 reported prior to now week, in comparison with 2,387 the earlier week. Moreover, three individuals died from problems associated to influenza, rising the season’s complete to 5. All had underlying medical circumstances and not one of the newly reported deaths have been co-infected with COVID-19.
A complete of 10,231 flu circumstances have been reported this season, in comparison with 357 on the similar time final season and a previous 5-year common of 381 throughout the identical week.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.