COVID-19 hospitalizations
Medical staff treat a coronavirus patient in their isolation room. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

San Diego County reported 414 new COVID-19 infections and 10 additional virus-related deaths Tuesday, while hospitalizations continued to decline locally and nationally, where they fell to the lowest point since the pandemic started.

According to a graph tweeted by Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, hospitalizations related to the coronavirus have declined across the country to the lowest point since late March 2020.

“A reason to celebrate, even if it’s brief,” he wrote.

Locally, the number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased by 10 to 140, according to the latest state data.

The number of those patients in intensive care declined by two to 26.

Available ICU beds increased by 12 to 281.

Tuesday’s data increased the county’s cumulative coronavirus totals to 749,857 cases and 5,169 deaths.

The percentage of positive tests reported in the past week decreased to 2.8%, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. The average number of daily tests reported in the past week was 11,452.

City News Service contributed to this article.