San Diego County News Center coronavirus
An official administers a COVID-19 vaccination at a local Super Station. Photo credit: San Diego County News Center

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 517 new cases of coronavirus Sunday and 2 more deaths from the disease.

With the new data, the county continues its streak of days with fewer than 1,000 new cases.

The drop in new cases and hospitalizations in San Diego began last month and public health officials are hopeful that a rise in vaccinations will ensure that the trend continues.

To that end, appointments become available on Sunday for the county’s sixth large site – the North Central Vaccination Super Station at UC San Diego’s RIMAC center.

The first two days of openings at UCSD RIMAC are limited to first-time appointments for the Pfizer vaccine. Those limits are in place as the region waits for weather-delayed vaccination shipments to arrive to catch up with rescheduled second doses, mostly of the Moderna vaccine.

Since the first local infection in March 2020, there have been a total of 257,030 cases and 3,190 deaths in San Diego County.

In California, there have been 3.5 million confirmed cases, while the death toll is at 49,327, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Nationally, there have been 28.1 million COVID-19 cases and almost 500,000 deaths.