A San Diego Fire-Rescue paramedic vaccinates a San Diego resident. Photo via @SDFD Twitter

San Diego County public health officials reported 307 new COVID-19 infections Monday, as the county awaits state data Tuesday which could promote it to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s four-tiered economic recovery plan.

San Diego County remains in the most restrictive, purple, tier, but just barely. The county’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 10.8 cases per 100,000 residents. It needs to be below seven per 100,000 to head into the red tier.

The testing positivity percentage is 4.2%, placing the county in the orange tier. While the testing positivity rate for the county qualifies it for orange, the state uses the most restrictive metric — in this case the adjusted case rate — and assigns counties to that tier. The county’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 6% and is in the red tier.

Monday’s data increased the total number of cases to 263,275. No new deaths were reported Monday and the death toll remains 3,390.

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 declined to 337 from Sunday’s 351, with 109 cases in intensive care unit — down from Sunday’s 113. There are 53 staffed, available ICU beds in the county.

Of 9,770 tests reported by the county Monday, 3% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average remained 3.2%.

There were no new community outbreaks reported Monday. There have been 24 outbreaks over the last seven days with 89 cases associated with those outbreaks.

As of Sunday, of the county’s population over the age of 16, 23.6% — or 635,758 people — have received at least one dose, and 12.4% — or 333,581 people — have been fully inoculated.

— City News Service contributed to this report

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