SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — At 1:30 p.m., California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly hosted a video conference to provide an update on COVID-19 in California. Watch the entire update below or on the California Department of Public Health YouTube account.
San Diego County COVID-19 update - Monday, Jan 11:
Public health officials in San Diego County reported 2,907 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, making the 42nd consecutive day with more than 1,000 new diagnoses.
The county's cumulative case count now stands at 194,795. No new fatalities from the disease were reported, leaving the death toll at 1,857.
In the county's daily updates of the coronavirus statistics, the 3,000- infection mark has been crossed 15 times since the start of the pandemic, and the 4,000 mark three times.
Hospitalizations resulting from the virus rose another 46 to 6,284 on Monday. There were two new intensive-care admissions, bringing the total to 1,273.
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 Health & Human Services Agency last year, could be turned away in some cases.
The agency reported an 89% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last 30 days and a 67% increase in ICU admittance over the same period.
Local health officials attribute the increasing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths at least in part to gatherings over the holidays.
"We anticipated that cases would spike after the holidays and they did," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer.
"We need to do a better job following the public health guidelines, especially now that the more contagious variant of COVID-19 is in our communities. San Diegans should not be gathering with people outside their household and should stay home as much as possible."
The county has reported 28 confirmed and 13 suspect diagnoses of the more virulent new coronavirus variant known as B.1.1.7., first detected in the United Kingdom in December.
There have been no confirmed deaths locally connected to the variant.