Daily new cases slipped back to 1,000 in San Diego Tuesday, according to the county health department’s latest weekly COVID-19 report.
It was the second upward move after the daily figure fell below 200 on Sunday, though an official later said the lowest low since late November was “artificially low due to technical reporting issues.”
A total of 952 new cases were reported Tuesday, nearly double the 533 reported Monday, though delays in communicating test results to the county epidemiology report could mean many of the most recent positive results involved infections that occurred a week or more ago .
However, local admissions continue to show a downward trend. According to the county’s weekly update, the daily COVID-related hospital count – the total number of patients in non-military hospital beds each day – fell below 500 on Saturday, falling to 444 on Tuesday. The number has not fallen below 500 since mid-December. Impacts on intensive care also showed significant progress, with the number of COVID-related cases in intensive care units falling below 100 on 23 February.
43 additional COVID-related deaths were recorded throughout San Diego County over the past week. According to the county, 23 of those who died were fully vaccinated and 20 were not; 41 had underlying medical conditions. A 31-year-old man who died on January 31 was the youngest among the most recent deaths. The latest is an 82-year-old man who died on February 26.
Although many places have recently seen peaks in the Omicron sub-variant BA.2, it has not made a major splash in local numbers. A website run by local scientists tracking all variants detected by worldwide genetic sequencing lists only 17 BA.2 detections from the latest update on Wednesday. Genetic testing of local wastewater shows 0 percent prevalence of BA.2, although the latest update is from February 6 almost a month ago.
So far, although BA.2 appears to be somewhat more transmissible than previous versions of Omicron, researchers have not discovered significant differences in the severity of the disease caused in those who become infected.