A warning to wear a face covering outside a story in Fashion Valley. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 539 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and 57 more deaths from the pandemic disease.

Out of 13,771 test results received in the past day, 3.9% were positive, and the 14-day rolling average of positive tests ticked down to 5.5%.

Dr. Wima Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said that if the downward trend in cases continues, the county could soon move out of the highest “purple” tier of infections in the state’s ranking.

“If our trend continues…we could expect to be in the red tier in a couple of weeks,” she said at the county’s weekly briefing on the pandemic.

The county also reported fewer critical COVID cases are relieving the pressure on intensive-care beds, with 57 now open.

“We’re seeing more ICU beds staffed and immediately available than we have in a fair amount of time,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

Since the first local case last March, there have been 254,180 cases and 3,099 deaths.

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