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

San Diego County reported 83 new COVID-19 cases Friday as health officials reminded the public to continue taking precautions to avoid getting and transmitting COVID-19 this holiday weekend.

While the number of local COVID-19 cases has significantly decreased in recent weeks, not enough San Diegans have been vaccinated for the region to achieve herd immunity.

“The pandemic is not over. We must continue taking precautions to protect San Diegans who can’t or won’t get vaccinated,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. “People who have not been vaccinated should be wearing a mask, keeping their distance and avoiding large gatherings.”

Friday’s data increased the county’s coronavirus case total to 280,042, while the death toll remained at 3,756.

Of 12,644 tests reported Friday, 0.7% returned positive, pushing the 14-day rolling average to 0.8%, the lowest this year.

Two new community outbreaks were confirmed May 27 in college/university settings. In the past seven days, seven community outbreaks were confirmed. The community outbreaks trigger is seven or more in seven days.

As of Friday, 53.8% of county residents 12 and older have been fully vaccinated and 68.8% have at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The county’s goal is to fully vaccinate 75% of the population, or 2,101,936 people.

A full list of available vaccination sites can be found at www.sandiegocounty.gov.

— City News Service contributed to this article

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