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.
“San Diegans urged to keep New Year’s celebrations small and limit them to family and close friends who have been vaccinated and boosted if they are entitled to prevent the rise of COVID-19 cases that occurred last winter,” he tweeted. county officials Friday.
“We understand that. People are tired of the pandemic, but given the record number of cases, the rapid rise of Omicron and the increased risks that come with assemblies, San Diegans must continue to make decisions to protect itself and others. , ”Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county deputy public health official, said earlier this week.
The county recommended that people who are concerned about COVID-19 infection and others seeking COVID-19 testing only go to a hospital to be tested if they have severe symptoms.
People with mild COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health care provider by phone or telemedicine for guidance.
The San Diego Library gave away more than 20,000 free COVID-19 test kits to the community in a matter of days. The library system is completely out of the test sets.
Antigen test kits are available in retail stores but have become harder to find as demand continues to grow.
The Covid-19 incidence rate is three times higher for those San Diegans who are unvaccinated compared to those who have received vaccines – 36 daily cases per day. 100,000 inhabitants compared to 11.4 per. 100,000 for the vaccinated. In addition, the hospitalization rate is four times higher for the unvaccinated, and the death rate is seven times higher.
Delta remains the most common variant in San Diego County, with more than 17,000 cases reported since mid-April. Omicron has only 91 confirmed cases in the county, but the measured period began on December 3rd. There have been no deaths from Omicron reported in the county and one hospitalization, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported.
A total of 28,472 tests were reported in San Diego County from last Wednesday, and the average seven-day positivity rate was 14.5%, up from 12.4% on Tuesday.
– City News Service