San Diego’s COVID Hospitalizations Fall to 151 with 20 in Intensive Care

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An unidentified COVID-19 patient is being treated at a California hospital. REUTERS/Omar Younis

The number of people in San Diego County who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped by 15 to 151, according to a state release on Saturday.

20 patients were in intensive care, down three from the previous day. There were 255 ICU beds in the province, down six from the previous day.

State health officials are urging people to get their COVID-19 and flu shots ready as the holidays — and indoor gatherings — approach.

County Health and Human Services Agency this week reminded San Diegans that they can get a COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot at the same visit.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against both viruses. First-line COVID-19 vaccinations and physical activity boosters, as well as flu shots, are widely available across the country.

“Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing the serious consequences of disease, but it takes time for them to start working after receiving the vaccine,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county medical officer. “It takes most people about two weeks to develop antibodies after vaccination, so I recommend that you schedule your vaccination appointment as soon as possible to ensure immunity before the holidays.”

San Diego County reported 2,284 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths in its weekly update on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 924,478 cases and 5,498 deaths since the outbreak began.

The number of cases reported last week was slightly lower than the 2,402 infections reported the previous week.

The number of cases in San Diego County per 100,000 people aged 12 and over is 11.90 for fully vaccinated people, 6.98 for fully vaccinated people and 23.85 for unvaccinated San Diegans.

The Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent COVID booster is available to anyone 12 years of age or older. The boosters are not yet approved for children under 12 years of age. Teens that age can be boosted with the old Pfizer vaccine.

About 2.69 million or 80.3% of San Diegans have received a valid COVID-19 vaccine and are considered fully immunized. A total of 1,467,090 or 59.6% of the 2,462,965 eligible San Diegans have received the stimulus.

The county’s health department reports on COVID-19 once a week – Thursday night.

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