A medical technician tests for coronavirus
A medical technician at the San Diego County laboratory tests for coronavirus. Courtesy HHSA

San Diego County reported 569 new COVID-19 infections and eight deaths Friday, as hospitalized patients with the virus continue to decline.

Friday’s data increased San Diego County’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 743,853 cases and 5,108 deaths.

According to Friday’s state data, the number of patients in San Diego County hospitals with COVID-19 decreased to 253, from 261 on Thursday. The number of those patients in intensive care increased by three to 55. Available ICU beds decreased by 13 to 200.

The percentage of COVID-19 tests that returned positive in the last week decreased to 3% as of Friday, down from 3.6% on Tuesday. The county reports that data on Tuesdays and Fridays. An average of 14,394 tests were reported daily in the past week.

A total of 1,182,653 — or 55.1% — of San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot, according to the Health and Human Services Agency.

More than 2.93 million — or 93.2% — of San Diego County residents age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.58 million, or 82%, are fully vaccinated.

City News Service contributed to this article.