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Nurse Kennedy Garcia, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade, prepares her personal protective equipment before entering the isolation room of a COVID-19 positive patient in the ICU. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

San Diego County reported 952 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths associated with the virus Wednesday, as the county announced it is no longer requiring — but is strongly recommending — masks in most indoor settings.

Wednesday’s data increased San Diego County’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 739,176 cases and 5,045 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of county patients hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to fall, decreasing to 417 from 424, according to Wednesday’s state data.

The number of those patients in intensive care decreased by eight to 75. Available ICU beds decreased by 12 to 219.

A total of 1,169,223 — or 54.8% — of San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

More than 2.93 million — or 93% — of San Diego County residents age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.57 million, or 81.7%, are fully vaccinated.

The average percentage of COVID-19 tests that returned positive in the last week decreased to 5.2%, from 5.7% Friday. The county reports new COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays. An average of 12,602 tests were reported daily in the past week.

City News Service contributed to this article.