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County Reports 83 COVID-19 Cases As Officials Urge Caution This Holiday

A COVID-19 vaccine is drawn at the vaccination site at CSU San Marcos. Feb. 22, 2021.
Roland Lizarondo
A COVID-19 vaccine is drawn at the vaccination site at CSU San Marcos. Feb. 22, 2021.

San Diego County reported 83 new COVID-19 cases Friday as public health officials reminded the public to continue taking precautions to avoid getting and transmitting COVID-19 this holiday weekend.

While the number of local COVID-19 cases has significantly decreased in recent weeks, not enough San Diegans have been vaccinated for the region to achieve herd immunity.

"The pandemic is not over. We must continue taking precautions to protect San Diegans who can't or won't get vaccinated," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. "People who have not been vaccinated should be wearing a mask, keeping their distance and avoiding large gatherings."

San Diegans who get vaccinated against the virus will be able to participate in the state's drawing to distribute $116.5 million in prizes. The state will be including all the names in the San Diego Immunization Registry in its drawing.

Two million Californians who have not gotten vaccinated will be eligible to get a $50 gift card if they get vaccinated by June 15. The $100 million in gift cards will be distributed when they are fully vaccinated.

The names of people who are fully vaccinated will be entered into a drawing on June 4 and June 11. Fifteen people will each win $50,000 on each date.

On June 15, the state will draw 10 winners who will each receive $1.5 million for a total of $15 million.

Details available online.

Friday's data increased the county's case total to 280,042, while the death toll remained at 3,756.

Of 12,644 tests reported Friday, 0.7% returned positive, pushing the 14-day rolling average to 0.8%, the lowest this year.

Two new community outbreaks were confirmed May 27 in college/university settings. In the past seven days, seven community outbreaks were confirmed. The community outbreaks trigger is seven or more in seven days.

As of Friday, 53.8% of county residents 12 and older have been fully vaccinated and 68.8% have at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines

The county's goal is to fully vaccinate 75% of the population, or 2,101,936 people.

A total of 1,508,626 San Diego County residents are fully inoculated with either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, officials report, 71.8% of the goal

Additionally, 1,928,783 San Diego County residents have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 91.8% of that goal.

Nearly 4.1 million doses have been received by the county, with more than 3.63 million administered.

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