County public health officials report 4,993 new COVID infections in 4 days

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Nursing student Erika Lohr vaccinates a patient in Chula Vista. REUTERS/Mike Blake

San Diego County recorded 4,993 new COVID-19 infections in the last four days amid the continued rapid spread of the virus.

According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, there were 1,367 new cases on Friday, 1,345 on Saturday, 1,208 on Sunday and 1,073 on Monday.

The new infections brought the county’s cumulative total during the pandemic to 780,385.

Two other deaths from the last four days were also confirmed, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths in the county to 5,284.

The number of COVID-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals was 142 with 21 in intensive care, according to health officials.

So far, 3.9% of county residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been hospitalized and 0.7% have died from the disease.

The number of COVID cases has increased steadily in recent weeks due to the spread of highly infectious variants of the virus, in particular the BA.2 variant and the BA.2.12.1 subvariant.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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