Lab technician labels COVID-19 test swabs
A lab technician labels COVID-19 test swabs before processing in Sonoma County. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency reported 572 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and for the second day in a row, 12 more deaths.

With the new numbers, the county’s total coronavirus cases rose to 356,427, while the death toll climbed to 4,078.

Fourteen more patients required hospitalization for COVID treatment, officials said. Another four needed to be admitted to intensive care.

The county logged 49,096 new tests, with the percentage of positive cases over the past seven days measured at 3.7%.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a health advisory to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant.

The CDC said its data showed only 31% of pregnant women have been vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s lower, officials said, as compared to the general population.

– Reuters contributed to this report.