A vaccine is prepared at the Sharp Grossmont Center Covid-19 supersite. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego Country Health and Human Services Agency reported 891 new coronavirus cases on Saturday and 30 more deaths from the pandemic disease.

Out of 18,223 test results received in the past day, 4.9% were positive, and the 14-day rolling average of positive tests ticked down to 5.9%. As recently as mid January, the average was near 15%.

The case rate has come down as vaccinations continue to increase, despite a recent shortage of the Moderna vaccine. The county reported that 569,060 doses of both vaccines have been administered, with 104,277 residents fully vaccinated after two doses.

Seven community outbreaks were reported Saturday, bringing the total over the past week to 64. There were 267 cases associated with the recent outbreaks.

Hospitalizations were up 72 and patients moved to an intensive care unit declined by one.

The delayed Moderna vaccine shipment, now expected Tuesday, forced some San Diego County sites to dramatically slow the pace of inoculations or reschedule appointments altogether.

The interruption will affect the region’s largest vaccination site, the UC San Diego Health Petco Park Super Station, with no vaccinations taking place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Petco appointments will be automatically rescheduled through UCSD MyChart.

Since the first local case last March, there have been 251,682 cases of COVID19 and 3,009 deaths.

City News Service Contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

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