A security officer enters the Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego emergency entrance.
A security officer enters the Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego emergency entrance. Photo by Chris Stone

COVID-related hospitalizations in San Diego County have decreased by 17 people to 1,206, according to the latest state data out Sunday.

Of those patients, 191 were in intensive care, up 10 from the previous day. The number of available ICU beds declined by four to 160.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than tripled in the past 30 days, from 354 to 1,206.

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.

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

City News Service contributed to this article.