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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 Wednesday reported 9,382 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional virus-related deaths.

The newest data brings the county’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 613,632 infections and 4,553 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals increased by 29 people to 1,289, according to the latest state data. Of the hospitalized patients, 196 were in intensive care, up three from the previous day.

While still increasing, the hospitalization spike appears to be slowing, experts said.

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.

A total of 41,506 new tests were reported to the county on Wednesday, and the percentage of new positive cases over the past week was 29.3%.

More than 2.83 million county residents — around 90% of all those eligible — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 2.50 million San Diegans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, representing roughly 79.5% of eligible residents.

In addition, 959,657 booster shots have been administered in the region.