A California State University student receives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

San Diego County reported 1,068 new COVID-19 infections and seven more deaths Friday, as one county official prepared for the possibility of vaccine booster shots.

“The FDA and CDC approval of the Pfizer vaccine booster for certain groups of people is another step in our fight against COVID,” said county Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher. “Once we receive final approval and guidance from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and the California Department of Public Health, our region will be well-prepared to provide Pfizer booster shots for those who are eligible.”

“We expect this final approval in the coming days, and after that, eligible San Diegans should contact their local health care provider, pharmacy or our county-sponsored sites to receive the Pfizer booster,” Fletcher said. “We want to emphasize, the booster is only for those groups outlined in pending final approval and will only be available for those who initially received the Pfizer vaccine.”

For those who qualify for booster shots, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that the state immediately will begin providing them with the Pfizer vaccine.

Friday’s numbers included batch tests and cases that would have been reported Sept. 14 through Wednesday but were not due to a reporting error between the county and medical providers.

The data brought the county’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 353,112 cases and 4,046 fatalities since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals increased from 414 on Thursday to 418, with 137 of those patients in intensive care, according to state figures. Also on Thursday, Riverside County surpassed San Diego County for the second-most hospital patients in a county in the state. Los Angeles County has 956 COVID-19 hospital patients, more than double the next highest county.

A total of 27,290 new tests were logged, and the percentage of positive cases over the past seven days was 3.7%.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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