San Diego: Hospitalizations Rapidly Rising as County Waits for Vaccine


Due to the increasing number of cases and hospitalizations, County health officials continue to urge San Diegans to follow the recommended guidance to prevent getting and spreading the novel coronavirus.


Over the past seven days, the region has averaged more than 1,300 COVID-19 cases each day.


Hospitalizations have also steadily risen in recent weeks. A total of 739 San Diegans was hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Dec. 1, compared to 288 Nov. 1, an increase of 451 in the hospitalized population, or 156.6%. This figure is likely to go up since hospitalizations lag behind confirmation of cases.


The number of people in intensive care units has also increased. While there were 93 San Diegans in the ICU at the beginning of November, the figure has more than doubled in the past 30 days to 209.


The state anticipates getting approximately 327,000 doses in mid‐December during the first distribution round. Of those, the County is expected to get about 28,000 doses.


Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine will be done in phases, with the first doses going to health care personnel and nursing home residents and employees. The initial distribution will not be sufficient to vaccinate all eligible health care workers.


The state anticipates the second round of vaccines to follow about three weeks after the first round.


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