A nurse in the Sharp Grossmont Hospital intensive care unit, takes a moment to comfort a COVID-19 patient. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

San Diego County public health officials Tuesday reported 611 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths.

Tuesday’s data brought the county’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 355,346 cases, while fatalities remained 4,054.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals decreased from 387 on Monday to 375, with 126 of those patients in intensive care, according to state figures.

Even with the decrease, San Diego County leapfrogged Riverside County to record the second-most COVID-19 hospitalizations behind only Los Angeles County, which reported 892 patients Tuesday.

A total of 15,005 new tests were logged by the county Tuesday, and the percentage of positive cases over the past seven days was 3.5%.

San Diego County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 27.6 overall, 13.0 for fully vaccinated people and 47.3 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.

On Monday, officials encouraged thousands of eligible residents to get COVID-19 vaccine boosters and reminded those who have not yet received the shot that it is the best way to avoid severe symptoms from the virus.

Boosters are available through local heathcare facilities, county clinics and at CVS, RiteAid and Walmart pharmacies. 

City News Service contributed to this report.

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