COVID-19 testing
COVID-19 testing in downtown San Diego. Courtesy County News Center

San Diego County reported 343 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, but no new virus-related deaths.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals decreased from 337 on Saturday to 325, with 99 of those patients in intensive care, according to state figures. No new patients needed to be admitted to the ICU, according to the county.

Sunday’s numbers brought the county’s cumulative totals to 358,126 cases and 4,081 deaths since the pandemic began.

Statewide, California reports a total of almost 4.5 million cases and 68,796 deaths. Nationally, there have been 43.68 million cases, and 701,157 deaths.

In the U.S. the death toll from the pandemic surpassed 700,000 deaths on Friday, the highest toll of any country in the world. Worldwide the death toll has passed 5 million.

The highly-contagious Delta variant has led to a third peak in cases and deaths, largely because of people’s refusal to get the free vaccines because of political, religious and other concerns.

More than 4.76 million vaccine doses have been administered in San Diego County, with 2.47 million people – or 88.2% of eligible county residents – having received at least one dose, according to the latest data.

Fully vaccinated county residents now number more than 2.21 million, or around 78.8% of the county’s eligible population.

Though San Diego County’s vaccine rate is high, nationally a third of Americans have not been vaccinated.

No-cost COVID-19 vaccines are available at medical providers, pharmacies, community clinics and county public health centers for people who do not have a medical provider.

A list of locations and more information is available online.

Officials are encouraging eligible residents to get COVID-19 boosters if they took the Pfizer vaccine six months ago or later.

Boosters are now available for those who qualify at about 400 locations countywide.

City News Service and Reuters contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.