Dr. Abisola Olulade gives update on COVID-19 and vaccines in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County public health officials have reported 3,288 new COVID-19 infections and 33 additional deaths from the virus.

The county’s cumulative cases now number 191,888 and the death toll stands at 1,857.

Sunday’s reported cases mark the 41st consecutive day with more than 1,000 new diagnoses.

Family Medicine Physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy , Dr. Abisola Olulade, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the coronavirus variant and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hospitalizations resulting from the virus rose another 32 to a total of 6,238 on Sunday. There were four new intensive care admissions, bringing the total to 1,271.

The county has surpassed 80% of its hospital beds occupied, a significant number due to the county reserving the last 20% of its licensed beds exclusively for COVID-19 patients. New patients, according to a plan developed by the county HHSA last year, could be turned away in some cases.

The HHSA reported a 89% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last 30 days and a 67% increase in ICU admittance in the same period.

Another six community outbreaks were reported Sunday. There have been 43 outbreaks in the last seven days, tied to 178 cases.

County health officials attribute the increasing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths to gatherings over the holidays and the presence of the new coronavirus variant known as B.1.1.7. first detected in the United Kingdom.

The county reported 24 confirmed diagnoses of the more virulent strain of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the county’s confirmed cases of the variant to 28.

The cases were confirmed by whole genome sequencing and the four probable cases are directly linked to the confirmed cases and have positive diagnostic nucleic acid tests, but are not yet sequenced.

There have been no confirmed deaths locally connected to the variant.

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