San Diego County’s COVID hospital admissions near 600

A medical professional treats a patient suffering from coronavirus COVID-19 from the intensive care unit at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson

The number of coronavirus patients in San Diego County hospitals has risen to nearly 600, according to the latest figures from the state on Saturday.

There were 590 people in the county admitted with COVID-19 from Saturday, up from 510 on Friday and 475 on Thursday. Of these patients, 114 were on intensive care, which is four more than the day before.

On Thursday, the county reported 5,976 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths associated with the virus, bringing its total to 420,089 cases and 4,461 deaths since the pandemic began.

There will be no updates over the weekend.

Amid the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the more contagious Omicron variant, county health officials called for limiting holiday gatherings to family and close friends.

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