A nurse in the Sharp Grossmont Hospital intensive care unit, takes a moment to comfort a COVID-19 patient. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 658 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 12 more deaths from the pandemic disease.

But Supervisor Nathan Fletcher cited “considerable good news” because of the downward trend in new cases.

“Our case counts are down significantly,” he said at the county’s regular Wednesday briefing. “You have to go back to last fall to see individual days with case counts as low as we’ve had.”

Out of 14,926 test results received in the past day, 4.4% were positive, and the 14-day rolling average of positive results ticked down to 4.6%.

Hospitalizations stood at 602, with 187 patients in intensive care. Both numbers are less than half what they were at the peak of the pandemic in January.

“We are on a trajectory to the red tier. I hope we’re there soon.” Fletcher said.

Since the first local case last March, the county has recorded 258,463 coronavirus infections and 3,230 deaths.

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Chris Jennewein

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