COVID-19 hospitalizations
Medical staff treat a coronavirus patient in their isolation room on the Intensive Care Unit on January 4, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The number of San Diego County patients hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to fall, decreasing Saturday to 346 from 377, according to the latest state data.

The number of those patients in intensive care decreased by one to 67. Available ICU beds increased by 1 to 207.

The county reported 781 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 12 additional deaths associated with the virus, bringing its cumulative totals to 740,716 cases and 5,068 deaths since the pandemic began.

The county Health and Human Services Agency does not report cases and deaths on the weekend.

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 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 percentage of COVID-19 tests that returned positive in the last week decreased to 4.4%, from 5.2% Tuesday. The county reports that data on Tuesdays and Fridays. An average of 13,867 tests were reported daily in the past week.

–City News Service, Inc.