Testing for coronavirus
Testing for coronavirus in a medical laboratory. REUTERS/Cooper Neill

San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency reported 11,235 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths in its latest data.

Friday’s data increased the county’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 639,139 cases and 4,566 deaths.

The number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased by 15 people to 1,288 on Friday, according to the latest state data.

Of the hospitalized patients, 205 were in intensive care, down nine from the previous day.

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

There were 75,673 new tests reported Friday, and the seven-day average positivity rate was 27.5%, down from 29.3% on Tuesday. The county reports this figure on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The federal government rolled out a program this week that allows every residential household in the United States to order up to four at-home COVID-19 test kits free of charge. Tests can be ordered online at COVIDtests.gov. Those ordering the test kits need only provide a name and address. No identification, credit card or health insurance information is required.

City News Service contributed to this article.