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Testing for coronavirus in a medical laboratory. REUTERS/Cooper Neill

San Diego County failed Tuesday to join Los Angeles and San Francisco counties in advancing to the least-restrictive tier of state’s color-coded Blueprint For a Safer Economy.

San Diego County has an adjusted case rate of five new daily cases per 100,000 population to remain in the orange tier. The yellow tier is fewer than two cases.

The county’s positivity rate over the past seven days is 2.2% and needs to be below 2% to advance. Counties are sorted into tiers by their worst-performing metric.

County health officials reported 186 new COVID-19 cases and one death Tuesday, increasing the cumulative totals to 276,878 cases and 3,713 deaths.

Hospitalizations among people diagnosed with COVID-19 increased by 18 from Monday’s figures to 156 people. Of those, 42 are in intensive care units, two from Monday’s report. There are 59 staffed, available ICU beds in the county.

A total of 3,086,545 doses of coronavirus vaccines have arrived in the county, with 2,847,132 administered.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, told supervisors Tuesday that 83% of county residents 65 or older have gotten as least one dose of the vaccine.

Of 6,424 tests reported Tuesday, 3% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 1.5%.

— City News Service contributed to this report

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