A COVID-19 patient is treated in El Centro
A healthcare worker in protective gear treats a COVID-19 patient at the El Centro Regional Medical Center. REUTERS/Ariana Drehsler

San Diego County public health officials reported 261 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, as hospitalizations dipped to the one of the lowest numbers this year.

A total of 136 people were hospitalized in Friday’s report, a decrease from Thursday’s 151. That 136 is the lowest in at least a month. Patients in intensive care units declined to 40 from Thursday’s 43. There are 46 available, staffed ICU beds in the county.

Friday’s data increased the total coronavirus case count to 278,852 and the death toll to 3,721.

Of 14,758 tests reported to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency Friday, 2% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average increased to 1.7%.

The county has received 3,735,305 doses of coronavirus vaccine and has administered 3,278,819 of them.

A total of 1,765,927 people have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 84% of the way toward reaching the county’s goal of vaccinating 75% of San Diego County residents 12 and older, or 2,802,581 people.

A total of 1,314,341 — or 62.5% of the county’s goal — in the 12-or-older age range are fully inoculated with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

— City News Service contributed to this article

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