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Hospitalman Apprentice Jewel Guese, a sailor assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Naval Branch Health Clinic, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, prepares vaccines at the clinic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luke Cunningham)

San Diego County reported 6,333 new COVID-19 cases and 18 additional deaths associated with the virus Tuesday.

Tuesday’s numbers brought the county’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 668,968 cases and 4,604 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.

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

Of those patients, 232 were in intensive care, up five from Monday.

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

The number of available ICU beds decreased by three to 178 on Tuesday.

There were 42,736 new tests reported on Tuesday, and the seven-day average positivity rate was 26.6%, down from 27.5% on Friday. The county reports this figure on Tuesdays and Fridays.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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