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Hospitalizations Stay High As County Sees Rise in Former COVID Patients with New Infections


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A home COVID-19 test kit. Courtesy NIH

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Diego County increased by 13 to 450, according to data released by the state Thursday.

The count, though, has dropped by 15 since Monday, as hospitalizations began to tail off after the recent wave of infections. With the spike, hospitals have seen the most COVID admissions since late February.

ICU patients with COVID as of Thursday decreased by one to 47. There were three fewer hospital beds available Thursday, 221.

The county Health and Human Services Agency reported 1,678 new infections and 10 deaths Thursday, increasing the county’s pandemic totals to 881,729 cases and 5,409 deaths.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents 12 years of age and older is 51.5 for people fully vaccinated and boosted, 30 for fully vaccinated people and 89.6 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.

According to the health agency, lab-confirmed coronavirus cases remain near 10,000 per week, a number that does not include at-home tests.

The county also reported that it has seen an increase in re-infections – San Diegans who have tested positive for COVID-19 several times throughout the pandemic. Prior infection does not necessarily prevent new infections due to some of the newer variants, according to national data.

More than 3 million or 89.8% of San Diegans age 6 months and older are at least partially vaccinated. Nearly 2.65 million or 79.3% are fully vaccinated. A total of 1,406,860 or 58% of 2,425,587 eligible San Diegans have received a booster.

The county updates COVID data on Mondays and Thursdays.

– City News Service



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