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County Nearly To Goal Of Getting 75% Of Eligible Population Vaccinated

Juan Carlos Padilla gets his COVID-19 vaccination inside the community center of Terry's Mobile Home Park in Chula Vista, Feb. 17, 2021.
Matt Hoffman
Juan Carlos Padilla gets his COVID-19 vaccination inside the community center of Terry's Mobile Home Park in Chula Vista, Feb. 17, 2021.

San Diego County public health officials reported 210 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths Friday, as the average positive testing rate continues to drop.

Of 14,864 tests reported Friday, 1% returned positive, lowering the 14-day rolling average to 1.3%, a record for 2021.

Friday's data increased the county's cumulative total to 277,533 cases and 3,718 deaths.

Hospitalizations decreased to 143 from Thursday's 161, while the number of patients in intensive care units decreased from 37 Thursday to 35 in Friday's report. There are 51 available, staffed ICU beds in the county.

The county has received 3,546,365 doses of coronavirus vaccines — 254,960 this week alone. That is 61,000 fewer than the week previous.

A total of 1,702,257 people have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 84.4% of the way toward reaching the county's goal of vaccinating 75% of San Diego County residents 16 and older, or 2,017,011 people.

A total of 1,208,307 — or 59.9% of the county's goal — of the 16-or-older age cohort are fully inoculated with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

These numbers now include the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration data, which will be updated every two weeks.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer, said Thursday she was encouraged the county's 16-19 age group is already nearly a third vaccinated — particularly because that group wasn't even eligible until the state opened vaccines to everyone 16 or older on April 15.

Rotating pop-up vaccination clinics will begin this week at high-traffic areas such as community centers, churches and colleges. A full list of county-run vaccination sites can be found at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.