A county hospital employee is vaccinated
An employee at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital gets her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Courtesy County News Center

San Diego County public health officials reported 1,415 new COVID-19 infections and 44 additional deaths from the virus Wednesday.

A downward trend of positive case rates continued Wednesday as well, with just 9% of the county’s reported 16,250 COVID-19 tests returning positive for a 14-day average of 9%. As recently as Jan. 13, that average was north of 13%.

Both hospitalizations and intensive care admissions continued to drop, with 1,465 people hospitalized with the virus in the region — 7% fewer than one month ago and 14% fewer than two weeks ago.

Of those hospitalized with the virus, 408 are in ICU beds. Two weeks ago, there were 1,781 hospitalizations, and a record 438 ICU patients with the virus. Both numbers have been steadily declining since. There are 50 staffed ICU beds available in the county and the proportion of those in the hospital without the virus is increasing.

Despite the positive trends, Wednesday was the 58th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new cases, bringing the county’s cumulative COVID-19 case total to 231,481 and the death toll to 2,465.

It was announced Wednesday that a new Vaccination Super Station will open in North County on Sunday. The vaccine distribution site will open on the Cal State San Marcos campus, with the capability to vaccinate up to 5,000 individuals a day with appointments.

Appointments can be made at www.vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.

— City News Service contributed to this article