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San Diego County reports 1,651 COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

Woman wears surgical mask to go shopping at Target in North Park, April 7th, 2020.
Nicholas McVicker
Woman wears surgical mask to go shopping at Target in North Park, April 7th, 2020.

San Diego County reported 1,651 new COVID-19 cases and 21 additional virus-related deaths in its latest data.

Tuesday's data increased the county's cumulative totals to 716,677 cases and 4,832 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID-positive patients in county hospitals dropped by 17 people to 942, according to the latest state data. The number of those patients in intensive care dropped to 169 Tuesday, seven fewer than Monday.


Available ICU beds increased by six to 188.

A total of 22,822 new tests were reported Tuesday with a positivity rate of 14.6%, down from 17.1% on Friday. The county reports this statistic every Tuesday and Friday.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will lift its indoor mask- wearing requirement for vaccinated people on Tuesday, but it will remain in effect for unvaccinated people.

The state's move means the requirement will be lifted in San Diego County.

A total of 1,072,823 (51.8%) of San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency. Boosters are currently available for everyone 12 years and older.


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.

Nearly 2.88 million, or 91.4%, of San Diego County residents age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.53 million, or 80.4%, are fully vaccinated.