Over 900 San Diego Sick With COVID Over Weekend – NBC 7 San Diego

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While not close to the number of cases San Diegans encountered at the height of the pandemic, the number of positive daily coronavirus tests reported in the county is still worrying.

San Diego County health officials on Friday reported that 501 local residents had cases of the coronavirus confirmed by testing.

On Saturday that number fell to 467 and Sunday to 439. In the past, there was usually a lag over the weekend as officials worked to aggregate the results of all sites performing the tests. Monday’s combined totals are expected to be released on Tuesday.

At the height of the pandemic, from December last year to January 2021, the number of confirmed daily cases rose to thousands, at one point in January surpassing 5,000 cases in a single day.

However, as the vaccine arrived and began to be distributed, those terrifying totals plunged, falling by the hundreds in February, and then, in May and June, to double digits. The day before California officially reopened statewide on June 15, in fact, only 46 cases were reported in San Diego County.

Circulating silently among the population at the same time. however, were the first cases of people infected with the more contagious delta variant in the region, which the World Health Organization warned was “the fastest and most suitable strain to date.” As of June 21, local health authorities had confirmed four documented cases of the strain.

At that time, the delta variant, first identified in India, accounted for up to 10% of cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That number has now swelled, however. As of last week, it has been reported that up to 58% of cases in the United States could be attributed to the strain. On Sunday, the U.S. surgeon general said he was concerned about what lies ahead with the increase in COVID-19 cases in every state, millions still unvaccinated and the rapid spread of the contagious viral variant.

Dr Vivek Murthy also noted on Sunday that almost all coronavirus deaths are now among the tens of millions who have not received vaccines. Murthy urged people to vaccinate: About 186 million Americans received at least one injection, but another 90 million eligible Americans did not.

“This is our fastest and most efficient way out of this pandemic,” he said.

As of Monday, 287,694 San Diego residents had been ill with the coronavirus since the pandemic began in San Diego in February 2002. One point three percent of those cases, 3,786, have been fatal for those who caught it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report – Ed.


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