SAN DIEGO – It’s another scary step forward in the outbreak.San Diego County killed more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths Thursday, with health officials reporting 53 deaths. And nearly 2,600 new cases
Thursday for the 45th day in a row with more than 1,000 new diagnoses, more than 3,000 infections were reported 17 times a day, while 4,000 cases were crossed three times.
The county’s cumulative total of cases rose to 204,175 and the death toll to 2,005.
Among the 53 deaths reported Thursday was the death of a 19-year-old man, the county’s youngest COVID-19 victim to date, according to Dr. Wilma Wuten, county health officer
“Our deepest condolences to the teenager̵7;s family and friends, as well as the family and friends of the more than 2,000 San Diego people who have died of COVID-19 during this outbreak,” Wouten said. In the statement, “We understand that the epidemic of pandemic is in the community. But today’s report is a reminder that we must do everything we can to protect each other and slow the spread of COVID-19. ”
Of the 42,878 tests reported Thursday, 6% turned positive, lowering the 14-day rolling average from 14.2% on Wednesday to 13.6% .The county and its health partners have tested more than 3 million tests since the The pandemic began
The hospitalization associated with COVID-19 fell from a record 1,804 Wednesday to 1,781, with 423 cases in intensive care units, just three from Monday’s statistics of 426 ICU beds with all staff. 34 beds remained in this district, including adult and pediatric beds. There were only 251 beds in patients without COVID-19.
Total hospitalizations for all causes rose from 4,659 on Wednesday to 4,806.That number is 80 percent above the threshold of existing beds, which is more than the district reserved for COVID-19 patients specifically.
The county has reported a 56% increase in the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations over the past 30 days and a 42% increase in ICU visits. In the same period
Eight community outbreaks were reported Thursday, with 48 in total last week totaling 210.
On Wednesday, the state of California granted immediate access to the COVID-19 vaccine for all residents 65 and older, according to new recommendations from the federal government, but district chief Nathan Fletcher asked San Diegans to adjust their expectations. Them now
More than 620,000 people in the district are included in the Class 1A vaccination class for the 65+ group. Health workers are looking for another 500,000 for more than a million people eligible for the vaccine. Both vaccines on the market are ineffective without two doses.
Fletcher stressed that for the time being, health care workers will remain this priority until more vaccine devices are available.
The county in early February plans to open three more “Vaccination Super Stations,” as well as San Diego adjacent to Petco Park. Fletcher said the county’s Health & Human Services Agency is working with health partners to Expanded the small distribution area from four to 12 locations.
By the end of June, HHSA hopes that 70% of the county’s population older than 16, or 1,882,554, will be vaccinated. Currently, 0.4% of COVID-19 is vaccinated and vaccinated 6,153 times a day.