Vaccines were given to 700-800 union workers and their families in San Diego and Kearny Mesa.
Union workers and their families in Rolando and Kearny Mesa recently received up to 800 doses of vaccine to combat COVID-19. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego County public health officials reported 252 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and no additional deaths due to the pandemic.

Of 16,441 tests announced Thursday, 2% returned positive, dropping the 14-day rolling average of positive tests to 2.3%.

With the new data, the number of infections since the pandemic began rose to 270,539, while the death toll remained at 3,555.

Meanwhile, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to 196. Those in intensive care units remained the same, at 63.

The county also reported one community outbreak, for a total of 11 in the past seven days, linked to 38 cases. Last week, the county logged the fewest outbreaks in a seven-day period, 15, since the week ending Sept. 22, 2020.

More than 1.88 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the county. Almost 36% of residents and workers in the region – or 956,216 people – have received at least one dose, with 21.4% fully vaccinated.

County officials also assured the public Thursday that the region is not dealing with the notable rise in cases that other parts of the country are experiencing.