SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County public health officials reported a record 4,550 new infections with COVID-19 on Friday, along with 33 deaths from the virus, as hospitalizations reached a new record again.
Friday’s cases exceeded 4,478 cases reported last Friday and 4,427 on Saturday. They mark the 39th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new diagnoses.
Cases have crossed the 2,000 mark in 29 of the last 30 days after 1814 broke the 26-day series on Tuesday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,000 characters have been passed 13 times, while 4,000 characters have been passed three times.
Hospitalizations as a result of the virus rose to a record 1
The county has exceeded 80% of its occupied hospital beds, a significant number because the county retains the last 20% of its licensed beds exclusively for patients with COVID-19. New patients, according to a plan developed by the district HHSA last year, may be rejected in some cases.
HHSA reported an 89% increase in hospitalizations with COVID-19 over the past 30 days and a 67% increase in ICU intake over the same period.
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Wednesday that the number of hospitalizations is likely to continue to rise due to the 21- to 24-day delay between rising cases and rising hospitalizations.
The county’s cumulative cases now number 185,062 and the death toll rose to 1,771. Of the 28,952 tests reported on Friday, 16% returned positive, increasing the 14-day moving average to 14.3% from 13.8% in Thursday.
Another 10 community outbreaks were reported on Friday. In the last seven days, there have been 40 outbreaks involving 165 cases.
District health officials attribute the growing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths to gatherings during the holidays and the presence of a new variant of the coronavirus known as B.1.1.7. first discovered in the United Kingdom.
The county reported 24 confirmed diagnoses of the more virulent strain of the virus on Tuesday, leading to confirmed cases of the variant variant up to 28.
The cases were confirmed by a sequence of whole genomes and the four probable cases were directly related to the confirmed cases and had positive diagnostic tests for nucleic acid, but have not yet been sequenced.
There are no confirmed deaths locally associated with the variant.
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