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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop Again As First Vaccinations Cross Milestone

A girls receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Family Health Centers of San Diego in Barrio Logan, May 13, 2021.
Matthew Bowler
A girls receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Family Health Centers of San Diego in Barrio Logan, May 13, 2021.

San Diego County public health officials reported 126 new COVID-19 infections and two new deaths, as hospitalizations dropped to 95 and the number of people with at least one dose of vaccine crossed the 2 million mark.

Thursday's data reflect a decrease of two hospitalized COVID-19 patients from Thursday, along with a decline of one patient in intensive care units to 33. There are 52 available, staffed ICU beds in the county.

The 95 patients — the fewest this year — represent only the third time this year the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations has dropped below 100.

Thursday's figures increased the cumulative case count to 280,555 and the death toll to 3,763.

A total of 17,437 tests were reported to the county on Friday with 0.7% returning positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 0.7%.

More than 100 mobile vaccination events during June will seek to increase the portion of county residents who are vaccinated to the county's goal of 75% of those 12 and older.

As of Friday, there were 1,633,271 San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 58.3% of the 2,802,851 people in the group, according to the April population estimate from the California Department of Finance.

There are 2,045,746 San Diego County residents who have received one jab of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

More than 4.17 million doses have been received by the county, with more than 3.73 million administered. County officials reported receiving 145,780 doses this week.

Following June's efforts, the county will scale back vaccination efforts gradually. There will still be vaccines and tests available at sites around the county for the foreseeable future.

A full list of available vaccination sites can be found online.