COVID-19 pandemic testing
At San Diego County COVID testing sites, workers have turned to self swabs. Here, workers in San Ysidro help a patron. Photo credit: County News Center

The number of positive COVID-19 tests recorded in the past week increased by more than 800, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported Thursday.

A total of 4,996 cases were noted during the past week compared to 4,110 cases identified the previous week.

The HHSA reported 907 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, the second highest total over the previous seven days. In addition, the county tallied 14 more deaths.

The new numbers raise the county’s cumulative totals to 768,368 infections and 5,271 deaths.

The number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals remained at 110, according to the latest state data, the same as the previous day.

In addition, San Diego’s hospitalization numbers have fallen out of the second place position in California – behind Los Angeles County – as Santa Clara County surpassed it this week.

The number of those patients in intensive care as of Thursday increased by six to 20. The total number of available hospital beds in county ICUs decreased by 10 to 252.

As of this month, the county only reports COVID-19 data on Mondays and Thursdays.

– City News Service