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Omicron continues to wane in San Diego County as deaths approach 5,000

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Julian, Calif. Feb. 3, 2021.
Matt Hoffman
A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Julian, Calif. Feb. 3, 2021.

San Diego County reported 728 new COVID-19 infections and 14 additional deaths associated with the coronavirus Tuesday, as the surge in cases and hospitalizations from the omicron variant continues to wane.

The new positive cases, which reflect those counted on Monday, follow a weekend of relatively similar numbers: 616 Sunday, 729 Saturday and 894 Friday. The county Health and Human Services Agency no longer reports data on weekends or holidays.

Tuesday's numbers increased the county's cumulative totals to 734,013 infections and 4,988 deaths since the pandemic began.


The number of San Diego County patients hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to fall, decreasing to 574 Tuesday — down from 576 on Monday — according to the latest state data. The number of those patients in intensive care decreased by nine to 106. Available ICU beds increased by three to 206.

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An average of 17,995 COVID-19 tests were recorded each day for the past week. Of those, 6.5% returned positive — down from 9.9% on Friday

A total of 1,131,912 — or 53.7% — of San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

San Diego County's case rate per 100,000 residents is 73.4 for people fully vaccinated and boosted, 106.1 for fully vaccinated people and 189.5 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans.


More than 2.9 million — or 92.3% — of San Diego County residents age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.55 million, or 81.1%, are fully vaccinated.