San Diego County is seeing spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, prompting native public well being officers Friday to encourage residents to be extra vigilant.
In accordance with the county’s Well being and Human Companies Company, lab-confirmed coronavirus instances stay close to 10,000 per week, a quantity which doesn’t embody at-home exams. The HHSA additionally reported it has additionally seen a rise in reinfections — San Diegans who’ve examined constructive for COVID-19 a number of occasions all through the pandemic. Prior an infection doesn’t essentially stop reinfection with a few of the newer virus variants, in keeping with nationwide knowledge.
Moreover, hospitalizations for COVID-related sicknesses are additionally on the rise, up 66% within the final 30 days. New ICU admissions rose 68% throughout that very same timeframe.
“As a result of elevated stage of group transmission, together with reinfections, we strongly suggest masking, particularly in crowded areas or round household, mates, and colleagues who could also be extra weak to COVID-19,” mentioned Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county deputy public well being officer. “Our greatest wager in stopping hospitalizations and deaths is to remain updated with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and isolating from others when sick.”
The county reported 1,767 new infections and eight deaths on Thursday, rising the cumulative totals to 844,017 instances and 5,357 deaths. Hospitalizations elevated by 10 from Thursday’s numbers to 363, with ICU sufferers up three in a single day to 45. There have been 48 fewer hospital beds obtainable, totaling 197.
In accordance with HHSA knowledge, 2.99 million or 94.9% of San Diegans age 5 and older are a minimum of partially vaccinated from COVID-19. The totally vaccinated quantity is greater than 2.64 million or 84% of these eligible. Moreover, the county has seen 1,385,514 boosters administered — or 57.5% of two,408,140 eligible San Diegans.
San Diego County’s case fee per 100,000 residents 12 years of age and older is 44.75 for folks totally vaccinated and boosted, 25.87 for totally vaccinated folks, and 84.07 for not totally vaccinated San Diegans.
The county solely experiences COVID knowledge on Mondays and Thursdays.
— Metropolis Information Service