Child receives booster shot
A child receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster in San Diego County. Courtesy of the County News Center

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 8,013 new cases of coronavirus on Monday and three more deaths from the pandemic disease.

The report released Tuesday is the first since the long Martin Luther King Jr. memorial weekend began, and showed 7,460 cases on Sunday, 8,991 on Saturday and 10,990 on Friday.

Cases have surged since the omicron variant of the virus appeared late last year, but have plateaued in recent days.

Christopher Longhurst, UC San Diego Health’s chief medical officer, posted on Twitter that there are “multiple signs we are sliding down the Omicron slope,” with case rates and hospitalizations on the decline compared to a week ago.

Earlier on Tuesday, the state reported the number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals had increased by four people to 1,260.

Of those patients, 193 were in intensive care, up four on Monday.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 604,078 cases in San Diego County and 4,548 deaths for a case fatality rate of 0.75%.

Chris Jennewein

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