Tuesday’s cases mark the 43rd consecutive day with more than 1,000 new diagnoses. It is also the 16th time 3,000-plus daily infections have been announced. More than 4,000 cases have been reported three times.
Of the 18,119 tests reported Tuesday, 19% returned positive, raising the 14-day rolling average to 13.8% from Monday’s 13.6%. The county and its health partners have administered more than 3 million tests since the pandemic began.
The county’s cumulative case count rose to 198,319, while the death toll increased to 1,898.
Hospitalizations resulting from the virus rose by 29 to a record 1,772, while the intensive care unit saw no new admissions and the occupied bed count dropped from a record 426 Monday to the second-highest total of 418 on Tuesday. A total of 33 staffed ICU beds remain in the county. Only 219 ICU beds are occupied by patients without COVID-19.
The number of total hospitalizations in San Diego County has dropped as non-COVID patients have left the beds. After four days of 80% of the region’s hospital beds being occupied, there are now 171 beds under that threshold.
According to the county’s COVID-19 doctrine, the final 20% of hospital beds are being reserved exclusively for patients with the pandemic virus. New patients beyond that ceiling, according to a plan developed by the county last year, could be turned away in some cases.
— City News Service