COVID-19 hospitalizations soar as province again reports more than 1,600 new cases

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FILE PHOTO: An unidentified COVID-19 patient will be treated in the ICU of Providence St Joseph Hospital in 2021. REUTERS/Omar Younis

Daily COVID-19 cases in San Diego County again exceeded 1,600 Tuesday and Wednesday, as public health officials also reported 10 new pandemic deaths.

The number of hospital admissions as a result of the corona virus has also increased by almost 20% to 263. That is more than 220 on Tuesday.

The number of patients requiring intensive care also increased from 17 to 25.

The number of new cases since the last time the County Health and Human Services Agency released new figures:

  • Monday – 897 (updated from original 864) report
  • Tuesday – 1,633
  • Wednesday – 1,629

Officials reported a total of 9,724 cases in the past week, compared with 9,672 infections the week before.

The new data brings the pandemic totals in the region to 822,808 cases and 5,332 deaths.

Meanwhile, the province called on vaccinated individuals who have not registered for booster shots to consider getting one.

For example, of the 711,749 San Diegans age 50 and older who received a first booster, 71.3% – 507,398 people – are missing a second; 466,232 are eligible to receive one.

dr. Wilma J. Wooten, the county public health officer, noted that people over the age of 50 are prone to serious illness and complications from COVID-19.

“Because the immunity of the COVID-19 vaccine wanes over time, boosters help give you additional protection against the virus and its strains, both in terms of reducing infections and serious consequences,” Wooten said.

In addition, 89,647 San Diegans age 50 and older — or 8.42% of the estimated population in the age group — are not fully vaccinated.

The province reports COVID data on Mondays and Thursdays.

City News Service contributed to this report

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