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San Diego County Reports 59 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths

Lawrence Mendoza from Vista get his COVID-19 vaccination at CSU San Marcos, F...

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Above: Lawrence Mendoza from Vista get his COVID-19 vaccination at CSU San Marcos, Feb. 22, 2021.

San Diego County public health officials have reported 59 new COVID-19 infections and two deaths, as first-dose vaccinations inch closer to a county-set goal of inoculating 75% of the eligible population.

A total of 2,098,135 people have received one of two doses of vaccines, just under 4,000 short of the goal of vaccinating 2,101,936 people 12 and older, based on 75% of April's population estimate for that age group. Fully vaccinated residents number 1,728,882. Those two numbers represent 74.9% and 61.7%, respectively, of all residents 12 and older eligible for vaccines.

The county set the 75% goal to attempt to reach community herd immunity.

More than 4.21 million doses have been received by the county, with more than 3.86 million administered.

A full list of available vaccination sites can be found on the county's website.

Saturday's data increases the cumulative case total to 281,202, while the death toll increased to 3,770.

Of 10,634 tests reported by the county on Saturday, 0.6% returned positive. The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 0.8%.

Hospitalizations increased to 86 on Saturday, up from 85 on Friday, with the number of patients in intensive care units increasing unchanged at 21. There are 54 available, staffed ICU beds in the county.

When California fully reopens the economy on Tuesday, the state will move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy — the system of tiers the state has employed since last year. There will be no capacity restrictions or social distancing enforced at almost all locations, and only "mega events" — with crowds larger than 5,000 people indoors or 10,000 outdoors — will require or recommend vaccine verification.

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