Boxes of the new Moderna vaccine leave a distribution center in Mississippi. Paul Sancya/Pool via REUTERS

San Diego County public health officials reported 3,252 COVID-19 infections Monday, while virus-related hospitalizations continued to increase and the first batch of Moderna vaccines arrived in the area.

The number of daily infections reported Monday marked the third-highest daily increase since the pandemic began, following Friday’s 3,611 and Saturday’s 3,493.

The new cases gave the county a cumulative total of 129,717 confirmed cases from throughout the pandemic.

The county also announced three more COVID-related deaths, raising the overall death toll to 1,283.

Another 32 people were hospitalized as of Monday, with one additional person sent to an intensive care unit. A total of 1,296 people were hospitalized due to the virus, with 334 of those in ICUs — both records.

A drop of 43 non-COVID patients in the region’s ICUs freed up space Monday. Roughly 22% of ICU beds were available in San Diego County, compared to 19% reported Sunday.

Rady Children’s Hospital reported Monday it has received a second batch of the Pfizer vaccine, along with the first vials of the Moderna vaccine.

“We began vaccinating our highest risk team members last week,” according to the hospital. “This latest shipment is another big step forward, allowing us complete our highest risk staff and to begin offering the vaccine to those in our high risk categories. We are in the process of notifying the next wave of team members who are eligible to schedule their vaccination.”

The new batches of vaccines will join the 28,275 Pfizer doses that arrived last week in the region, with first priority going to civilian acute health care workers. San Diego County is home to 82,623 health care workers working in hospital or psychiatric facilities, and 39,755 of them are considered “highest risk” and will first receive vaccines.

An undisclosed number of vaccines for military personnel arrived at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton last week as well.

Of 28,383 tests reported Monday in San Diego County, 11% returned positive, raising the 14-day average to 9.5%.

There was one new outbreak reported, which brings the total number of outbreaks within the last seven days to 40.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

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