San Diego County is seeing spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, prompting native public well being officers to encourage residents to be extra vigilant and think about sporting masks.
In accordance with the county’s Well being and Human Companies Company, lab-confirmed coronavirus circumstances stay close to 10,000 per week, a quantity which doesn’t embrace at-home assessments.
The HHSA additionally reported it has additionally seen a rise in reinfections — San Diegans who’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19 a number of instances all through the pandemic. Prior an infection doesn’t essentially stop reinfection with among the newer virus variants, based on nationwide information.
Moreover, hospitalizations for COVID-related sickness are additionally on the rise, up 66% within the final 30 days. New ICU admissions rose 68% throughout that very same time-frame.
“Because of the elevated degree of neighborhood transmission, together with reinfections, we strongly suggest masking, particularly in crowded areas or round household, buddies and colleagues who could also be extra susceptible to COVID-19,” stated 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, growing the cumulative totals to 844,017 circumstances 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 accessible, totaling 197.
In accordance with HHSA information, 2.99 million or 94.9% of San Diegans age 5 and older are a minimum of partially vaccinated from COVID-19. The absolutely vaccinated quantity 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 price per 100,000 residents 12 years of age and older is 44.75 for folks absolutely vaccinated and boosted, 25.87 for absolutely vaccinated folks and 84.07 for not absolutely vaccinated San Diegans.
The county solely experiences COVID information on Mondays and Thursdays.