COVID-19 hospitalizations
Medical staff treat a coronavirus patient in their isolation room on the Intensive Care Unit on January 4, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

COVID-related hospitalizations in San Diego County increased by 43 to 1,223 Saturday, according to state data.

Of those patients, 181 were in intensive care, up three from the previous day. The number of available ICU beds declined by six to 164.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than tripled in the past 30 days, from 354 to 1,223.

Some COVID-positive patients may have been hospitalized for other reasons and had their COVID status discovered by hospital-mandated tests.

San Diego County reported 9,878 new COVID-19 infections and five additional deaths Friday.

Friday’s data from the county Health and Human Services Agency increased the county’s cumulative totals to 568,212 cases and 4,545 deaths since the pandemic began.

To date, 906,615 San Diegans have received vaccine booster shots. The CDC recommends a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot five months after the second dose. A Johnson & Johnson booster is recommended two months after the second dose. Pfizer boosters have been approved for everyone 12 years and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters are only available for adults 18 years and older.

More than 2.81 million San Diegans — around 89.4% of those eligible — have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 2.49 million — or 79% – – are fully vaccinated.

To help alleviate the strain on local hospitals and prepare them for the expected surge in admissions, the HHSA recommends that only people needing emergency care should go to a hospital emergency department.

COVID-19 testing should be reserved for those at higher risk of serious illness and people who need it the most. People should not go to an emergency department for testing with no or mild COVID symptoms, officials said.

There were 40,017 new tests reported Friday, and the seven-day average positivity rate was 28.9%, up from 28.8% on Thursday.

The county doesn’t release information on tests, infections or deaths on weekends or holidays.

–City News Service

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