COVID-19 testing at Rady Children’s Hospital. Image from hospital video

San Diego County public health officials reported 3,261 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday and 54 additional fatalities from the pandemic disease.

Wednesday’s cases marked the 44th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new infections.

Out of the 14,636 test results received in the past day, 22.3% were positive, raising the 14-day rolling average to 14.4% from Tuesday’s 13.8%.

Hospitalizations resulting from the virus rose to a record 1,804, and intensive care units had 425 patients with COVID-19, just one shy of Monday’s record 426. Only 33 staffed ICU beds remain in the county — including both adult and pediatric beds.

The latest victims of COVID-19 in the county ranged in age from their 30s to 80s.

Seven new community outbreaks were reported for a total of 46 in the past week. A community outbreak is defined as three or more cases in the same location among people of different households.

Since the first local case in March, there have been 3,039,217 tests administered in San Diego County, resulting in 201,580 cases and 1,952 deaths.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.