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San Diego County's total COVID-19 cases near 700,000, even as omicron surge declines

Lawrence Mendoza of Vista is vaccinated at the COVID-19 vaccination site at CSU San Marcos. Feb. 22, 2021.
Matt Hoffman
Lawrence Mendoza of Vista is vaccinated at the COVID-19 vaccination site at CSU San Marcos. Feb. 22, 2021.

San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency reported 2,049 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths Monday, as a surge in omicron cases appears to be on the decline.

Monday's data follows 4,218 cases reported Sunday and 5,027 on Saturday and increased the county's cumulative totals to 697,429 cases and 4,686 deaths. The HHSA does not report data on the weekends.

The number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased by 30 people to 1,180, according to the latest state figures.


Of those patients, 211 were in intensive care as of Monday, up one from Sunday.

Some patients may have been hospitalized for other reasons and discovered their COVID-19 status by hospital-mandated tests.

The number of available ICU beds increased by two to 172 on Monday.

There were 37,858 new tests reported Friday, and the seven-day average positivity rate was 25.2%, down from 26.6% on Tuesday. The county reports this figure on Tuesdays and Fridays.

A total of 1,021,730 -- or 49.9% of San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated -- have received a booster, according to the HHSA. Boosters are currently available for everyone 12 years and older.


According to HHSA data, of the 996 hospitalizations reported between Dec. 14 and Jan. 12, a total of 91 San Diego County residents who were boosted ended up in a hospital.

The county has more than 400 vaccination sites including pharmacies, medical providers, clinics and county locations. Appointments can be made and sites can be found by calling 833-422-4255 or visiting the MyTurn or websites.

More than 2.85 million, or 90.8%, of San Diego County residents age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.51 million, or 79.9%, are fully vaccinated.