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

San Diego County public health officials reported 756 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths Friday.

Friday’s report brought the county’s cumulative totals to 357,254 cases since the pandemic began, while fatalities increased to 4,081.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals decreased from 351 on Thursday to 345, with 111 of those patients in intensive care, according to state figures.

A total of 38,100 new tests were logged by the county Friday and the percentage of positive cases over the past 14 days was 3.5%.

Meanwhile, the U.S. surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to a Reuters tally, as the worldwide death toll jumped to 5 million.

It took a year for the COVID-19 death toll to hit 2.5 million, while the next 2.5 million deaths were recorded in 236 days, according to the Reuters analysis.

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

Boosters are now available for those who qualify at about 400 locations countywide. Fully vaccinated people with “breakthrough” infections should talk with their doctor about boosters as no guidance has been published by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

City News Service and Reuters contributed to this report.

Updated 9 p.m. Oct. 1, 2021