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A pharmacist fills a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine at Indiana University Health, Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

San Diego County public health officials reported 281 new COVID-19 infections Thursday and 5 additional deaths due to the pandemic.

The deaths, of three women and two men, occurred between Dec. 19 and Feb. 16. They were identified as COVID cases following a county review of death certificates that were incorrect or incomplete.

Three were 80 or older and two were in their 60s. Four had underlying medical conditions and one did not.

Of the 17,942 test results reported Thursday, 2% came back positive. The 14-day rolling average of positive tests remained at 1.9%.

Hospitalizations increased again though, to 182 from the prior day’s reported 178. Of those, the number of intensive care patients also increased, this time to 62 from 58. 

The county reported three community outbreaks Thursday – all in restaurant or bar settings –for a total of 17 in the past seven days linked to 70 cases.

Meanwhile, officials said that 1.23 million people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The number of those fully vaccinated stands at 768,931.

The region’s cumulative totals during the pandemic rose to 274,249 infections and 3,653 deaths.

Updated 10:20 p.m. April 15, 2021

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