Of 765,500 vaccine doses the county has obtained, 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 is reserving a portion of obtainable COVID-19 vaccination appointments every day for a pilot project that goals to equitably distribute the novel coronavirus vaccine.
Scheduling Assistance for Vaccine Equity units apart appointments for people who find themselves within the presently eligible teams and at excessive danger for issues from COVID-19.
“We need to make sure that communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 have easier access to the vaccine,” mentioned Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public well being officer. “This project is making it easier for people who qualify to make appointments and get vaccinated.”
The county now has 5 vaccine super stations and 15 smaller neighborhood distribution websites in accordance to 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 option to start receiving vaccines by as quickly as the primary week of March.
Additionally, the HHSA anticipates it will full vaccinations within the county’s expert nursing services this week, releasing up cell groups to present extra photographs across the county. In complete, round 17.6% of the county’s inhabitants over the age of 16 have obtained at the least one dose of the vaccine and 5% are totally inoculated.
Wednesday’s information elevated the variety of COVID-19 infections to 254,180 because the pandemic started, whereas the dying toll elevated to 3,099.
The 57 deaths — one of many highest day by day dying tolls regionally — are a reminder of the lethal seriousness of the pandemic, Fletcher mentioned, however are doubtless a results of lagging results from a major 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 obtainable, staffed ICU beds within the county.
Of 13,771 exams reported Wednesday, 4% returned optimistic, bringing the 14-day rolling common of optimistic exams to 5.5%.
On Tuesday, the county’s rate of recent circumstances dropped sufficient to enable elementary colleges to resume in-person instruction for college kids in pre- kindergarten by means of sixth grade.
According to the state’s weekly COVID-19 replace, San Diego County’s adjusted case rate is 22.2 circumstances 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 not resume for seventh although twelfth grades till the county’s rate of recent COVID-19 circumstances falls to seven per 100,000 residents.
San Diego County’s seven-day testing positivity share is 6.4%, inserting the county within the crimson 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 on the testing positivity for areas with the bottom wholesome circumstances, is 9.7% and is within the purple tier. This metric doesn’t transfer counties to extra restrictive tiers, however is required to advance to a much less restrictive tier.