Drive-up testing for COVID
Drive-up testing for COVID-19. Courtesy CDC

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 169 new COVID-19 cases Monday, along with three more deaths.

That’s far down from daily testing highs in January that at times exceeded 14,000 reported new positives a day. The daily high in the past week, on Wednesday, was 860.

Monday’s data brought the county’s total number of cases during the last two years to 747,884, while the death toll rose to 5,141.

The percentage of COVID-19 tests that returned positive in the past week increased to 2.8%, with new figures expected Tuesday.

Eight new patients were admitted to area hospitals, according to data collected by the state. The total number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, though, decreased to 192, down 11 from Sunday, according to the latest state data; 34 patients required intensive care.