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 patients in San Diego County hospitals with COVID-19 decreased to 235, down from 253 on Friday, according to Saturday’s state data.

The number of those patients in intensive care decreased by four to 51. Available ICU beds increased by three to 206.

On Friday, county health officials reported 569 new COVID-19 infections and eight additional deaths linked to the virus, which increased the cumulative totals to 743,853 cases and 5,108 deaths since the pandemic began.

The county does not report new cases or deaths on weekends.

The percentage of COVID-19 tests that returned positive in the past 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 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, Inc.