Of particular concern for officials are people 65 years of age and older, those who are most at risk of suffering serious complications, including death, from COVID-19.
“While cases, hospitalizations and deaths are decreasing, these events are still occurring in San Diego County,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma J. Wooten. “These new studies reinforce the data that bivalent boosters, can protect you, your family and friends from getting seriously ill or dying.”
To date, more than 540,000 locals have been vaccinated with the bivalent booster since it became available in September, alongside the 80.5% of San Diegans – nearly 2.7 million people – who have received their primary COVID-19 vaccinations.
In the new COVID data released from the past seven days, 1,831 COVID-19 cases were reported, down by almost 600 from the week before. There were 396 hospitalizations for the week.
The total number of cases since 2020 is now 974,767. Officials also received reports of 13 more deaths; the local COVID death toll stands at 5,716.