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 352 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday and 25 more deaths from the pandemic disease.

Out of 13,293 test results received in the past day, just 2.6% were positive, and the 14-day rolling average of positive results ticked down to 3.7%.

Daily cases have been trending down since late January, the the county is on the cusp of exiting the purple tier of infection and its widespread business-closure requirements.

“You’ve got to go back to the late fall of last year to see numbers this low,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher at the county’s weekly update on the pandemic.

He said it is likely that the county will drop into the red tier in coming weeks, allowing restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to reopen indoors, though with some capacity restrictions.

“We are in the purple tier now, but we are optimistic that we are headed towards the red tier,” Fletcher said.

Since the first local case of coronavirus nearly a year ago, the county has reported 261,353 cases and 3,342 deaths.

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Chris Jennewein

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