County reports no new COVID-19 deaths since Saturday as infections near 7,000

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SAN DIEGO — County officials reported that there have been no new deaths reported from COVID-19 since Saturday, but the number of coronavirus infections in the county is approaching 7,000.

So far, 249 people have died from COVID-19, County Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said Tuesday. Of that total, 240 victims, or 97% of the total, had underlying medical conditions that contributed to their deaths. Eight patients, or 3% of the total, had no known underlying medical conditions, Wooten said.

Wooten said 85 more people have tested positive for coronavirus since Monday, bringing the total number of virus cases to 6,882.

Wooten, said the data showed “it appears we may have peaked.” She said the next 21 days would represent another litmus test for the county’s handle on the illness, with reopenings Tuesday and Wednesday and a several week-long incubation period for the illness to follow.

Wooten urged residents to remain vigilant, but said things were looking better and better for the region.

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