Slight increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the SD district

Slight increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the SD district

Some patients may have been hospitalized for other reasons and had their COVID status discovered by hospital-mandated tests.

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  • Of those patients, 211 were in intensive care, up four from Saturday.

  • The number of available ICU beds increased by 16 to 165 on Sunday.

San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency reported 11,235 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths associated with the virus on Friday. Those numbers brought the county’s cumulative totals to 639,139 cases and 4,566 deaths since the pandemic began.

To help alleviate the strain on local hospitals and prepare them for the expected surge in admissions, the HHSA recommends that only people needing emergency care should go to a hospital emergency department. COVID-19 testing should be reserved for those at higher risk of serious illness and people who need it the most.

The county does not report COVID data on weekends.

People should not go to an emergency department for testing with no or mild COVID symptoms, officials said.

Last week, the federal government rolled out a program that allows every residential household in the United States to order up to four at-home COVID-19 test kits free of charge.

Tests can be ordered online at COVIDtests.gov. Those ordering the test kits need only provide a name and address. No identification, credit card or health insurance information is required. More than 2.83 million San Diegans — around 90% of those eligible — have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 2.5 million — or 79.5% — are fully vaccinated.

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