People wearing face masks in Del Mar. REUTERS/Mike Blake

San Diego County Friday reported 2,039 new COVID-19 infections, and 791 coronavirus patients hospitalized with 216 in intensive care, all records.

The previous high for new infections was 1,859 reported Nov. 27. Friday was the 24th consecutive day more than 600 new cases have been reported and 12th in the last 14 more than 1,000 new cases were reported.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has reported 88,181 cases since the pandemic began.

An additional seven COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday, raising the death toll to 1,047. Four women and three men, all with underlying medical conditions, died between Monday and Thursday. Their ages ranged from the mid-20s to the early 100s.

Another 37 coronavirus patients were hospitalized, according to Friday’s report.

Of San Diego County’s 696 licensed ICU beds, 154 are available, 23%. If a region’s intensive care unit bed availability falls below 15% a conditional stay-at-home order issued Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom is triggered.

The 10-county Southern California region — which includes San Diego County — hit that criteria on Friday, and will likely face a lockdown beginning at midnight Sunday.

There are 216 ICU beds in San Diego County occupied by COVID-19 patients, nearly 40% of the total.

The number of patients with COVID-19 in San Diego County hospitals has increased dramatically from one month ago. There were 297 hospitalized on Nov. 3. The 791 also is more than double the previous peak in mid-July.

Of the 88,000-plus cases logged in the county since the start of the pandemic, 4,806 — or 5.5% — have required hospitalization and 1,061 patients — 1.2% — had to be admitted to an ICU.

The total number of people hospitalized for any reason in the county is 4,587 — fairly consistent with the past several months — but the percentage of COVID-19 patients in the region’s hospitals rose from 6.7% a month ago to 17.2% on Friday.

— City News Service