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San Diego County reports 270 COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

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Matthew Bowler / KPBS
Carla Witjer a 9th grader a Hoover High holds up her negative COVID-19 test results. San Diego, Calif. Dec. 31, 2021.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 270 new COVID-19 infections and eight deaths in its latest data, as the number of hospitalized COVID-positive patients continued to decline.

Monday's data follows 288 new cases reported Sunday and 490 on Saturday. The county does not report new cases or deaths on weekends. The new data increases the county's cumulative totals to 744,888 infections and 5,116 deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals has decreased to 218, down seven from Sunday, according to the latest state data.

The number of those patients in intensive care decreased by one to 50. Available ICU beds increased by 25 to 234.

The percentage of COVID-19 tests that returned positive in the past week decreased to 3% as of Friday, down from 3.6% on Tuesday. The county reports that data on Tuesdays and Fridays. An average of 14,394 tests were reported daily in the past week.

A total of 1,182,653 — or 55.1% — of San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot, according to the agency.

More than 2.93 million — or 93.2% — of San Diego County residents age 5 and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.58 million, or 82%, are fully vaccinated.