A COVID-19 patient is treated in El Centro
A healthcare worker in protective gear treats a COVID-19 patient at the El Centro Regional Medical Center. REUTERS/Ariana Drehsler

The number of people in San Diego County hospitalized with COVID-19 remains unchanged at 207, according to the latest state data.

Of those patients hospitalized as of Sunday, 25 were in intensive care, with 209 ICU beds available.

The county Health and Human Services Agency reported 473 new infections and four deaths on Thursday, increasing the cumulative totals to 918,279 cases and 5,483 deaths.

As overall COVID-19 activity continues to trend downward in the region, and to align with the state’s reporting frequency, the HHSA will begin reporting COVID-19 data once a week — on Thursdays.

Meanwhile, San Diego County public health officials are reminding residents that bivalent COVID-19 boosters are available ahead of what is believed to a more virulent influenza season this winter.

San Diegans must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines before receiving a bivalent booster. Anyone who wants to get a bivalent booster must wait at least eight weeks after they received a previous COVID-19 vaccine until they are eligible.

In addition, anyone who is fully vaccinated and recently tested positive for COVID-19, should wait three months after infection to get a bivalent booster.

More than 3.02 million or 90.4% of San Diegans age six months and older are at least partially vaccinated and more than 2.67 million or 80.0% are fully vaccinated. A total of 1,447,477 San Diegans, or 59% of 2,455,439 eligible, have been boosted.

City News Service contributed to this article.



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