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San Diego County Reports 705 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

A nurse helps prepare syringes with the Moderna vaccine at the Coronado Community Center, Mar. 1, 2021.
Jacob Aere
A nurse helps prepare syringes with the Moderna vaccine at the Coronado Community Center, Mar. 1, 2021.

San Diego County reported 705 new coronavirus infections and no new deaths Sunday.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals, meanwhile, declined from 550 on Saturday to 531, with 178 of those patients in intensive care, according to state figures.

Sunday's numbers brought the county's totals to 345,059 cases, with fatalities remaining at 3,942 since the pandemic began, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported.

A total of 15,579 new tests were logged, and the percentage of positive cases over the past seven days was 4.8%.

Nearly 4.6 million vaccine doses have been administered in the county, with 2.42 million — or 86.5% of county residents — having received at least one dose. Fully vaccinated county residents now number more than 2.13 million, or around 76.1% of the county's eligible population.

The COVID-19 positive case rate is 37.1 per 100,000 people for San Diego County, which can be further parsed as 61.9 for unvaccinated and 17.7 for vaccinated residents.

More striking is daily hospitalizations, which are more than 47 times higher for the unvaccinated — at 1.9 new daily hospitalizations per 100,000 people — than for the vaccinated at .04 daily hospitalizations per 100,000.

No-cost COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in the region. They can be found at medical providers, pharmacies, community clinics and county public health centers for people who do not have a medical provider.

A list of locations and more information is available at coronavirus- sd.com/vaccine.