Is the winter storm freezing the vaccine supply for San Diego?


A delayed cargo of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in San Diego County following a scarcity that pressured some vaccination websites to dramatically gradual the tempo of inoculations or utterly reschedule appointments over the vacation weekend.

The cargo was scheduled to reach Friday however was delayed for an unspecified cause earlier than lastly arriving Tuesday.

Of 765,500 doses of the vaccine the county has acquired, 663,194 have been administered, greater than 3,000 are awaiting processing and 98,000 are accounted for by appointments.

“You can see we are running very, very lean,” Fletcher mentioned.

The county now has 5 vaccine tremendous stations and 15 smaller neighborhood distribution websites in line with the county Health and Human Services Agency. Despite the supply chain issues, Fletcher mentioned the county has allotted its vaccines effectively sufficient that he believes lecturers, meals and agriculture employees and legislation enforcement officers will have the ability to start receiving vaccines by as quickly as the first week of March.

Additionally, the HHSA anticipates it would full vaccinations in the county’s expert nursing services this week, liberating up cellular groups to offer extra pictures round the county. In complete, round 17.6% of the county’s inhabitants over the age of 16 have acquired at the least one dose of the vaccine and 5% are totally inoculated.

Wednesday’s knowledge elevated the variety of COVID-19 infections to 254,180 since the pandemic started, whereas the loss of life toll elevated to three,099.

The 57 deaths — considered one of the highest day by day loss of life tolls domestically — are a reminder of the lethal seriousness of the pandemic, Fletcher mentioned, however are seemingly a results of lagging results from a big case spike in December and January.

The variety of hospitalizations decreased by simply 4 sufferers to 804, whereas intensive care sufferers decreased by 10 to 256 from Tuesday’s numbers. There are 57 accessible, staffed ICU beds in the county.

Of 13,771 assessments reported Wednesday, 4% returned optimistic, bringing the 14-day rolling common of optimistic assessments to five.5%.

On Tuesday, the county’s rate of latest instances dropped sufficient to permit elementary colleges to renew in-person instruction for college students in pre- kindergarten via sixth grade.

According to the state’s weekly COVID-19 replace, San Diego County’s adjusted case rate is 22.2 instances per 100,000 residents. The state permits elementary colleges to reopen as quickly as counties attain an adjusted common new day by day case rate of 25 per 100,000 residents.

In-person lessons can’t resume for seventh although twelfth grades till the county’s rate of latest COVID-19 instances falls to seven per 100,000 residents.

San Diego County’s seven-day testing positivity share is 6.4%, putting the county in the pink tier of the four-tiered state re-opening plan for that metric. The state makes use of every county’s worst metric — on this case the adjusted case rate — and assigns counties to that tier.

The county’s well being fairness metric, which appears at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest wholesome circumstances, is 9.7% and is in the purple tier. This metric doesn’t transfer counties to extra restrictive tiers, however is required to advance to a much less restrictive tier.