San Diego County healthcare workers conduct COVID-19 testing at SDCCU Stadium. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported a record 335 new coronavirus cases Thursday and five more deaths from the disease.

It was the fourth day in the past week that new cases exceeded 300, but the number of tests was also high, and consequently the percentage of positive results was close to the long-term average.

Of 9,472 tests received in the past day, 3.5% were positive, leaving the 14-day rolling average of positive tests at 3.1%.

That average is under the 5% rate for the United States as a whole and well below the recent surging rates of 11% in Texas and 23% in Arizona.

The latest local victims of COVID-19 were five men who ranged in age from their 40s to early 80s. All had underlying medical conditions.

The county also reported one new community outbreak, for a total of seven over the past week. That is the “trigger” level that requires the county to postpone further re-openings.

Since the first local case in March, the county has recorded 304,045 tests, resulting in 11,626 positive cases and 352 deaths.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.