Sharp has opened a vaccination supersite at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.
The Sharp vaccination super station at Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 421 new coronavirus infections Saturday and 14 more deaths as the share of the population receiving at least one vaccine dose neared 25%.

Out of 12,946 tests reported in the past day, 3.3% returned positive, and the 14-day rolling average of positive tests ticked down to 3.4%. As recently as mid January, the average was near 15%.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 declined to 371, with 117 of those in intensive care units. In mid January, there were over 1,800 hospitalized and over 400 patients requiring intensive care.

There were no new community outbreaks reported Saturday. There have been 28 outbreaks over the last seven days with 123 cases associated with those outbreaks.

The county’s vaccination dashboard showed 1,030,312 doses administered, with 23.4% of residents 16 and older having received at least one shot and 12.2% fully vaccinated.

Since the first local coronavirus case was reported nearly a year ago there have been 262,781 cases in San Diego County and 3,385 deaths.

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