County reports 281 new COVID-19 cases as public schools announce vaccine rule


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Above: A sign directs patients to the vaccination site at the UC San Diego Super Vaccination Station in La Jolla, San Diego on February 20, 2021.

All students, faculty, and staff returning for classes and on-campus activities at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, University of California San Marcos, and all other schools at California State University and the University of California will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. , it was announced on Thursday.

Both university systems should allow exemptions based on medical or religious grounds.

The systems’ planned vaccination requirement will come into effect upon “full approval” of one or more COVID-19 vaccines by the United States Food and Drug Administration and they will be widely available or at the start of the semester of. fall, whichever is later.

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The vaccines are currently being administered under emergency use clearances from the FDA.

The vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna are both undergoing Phase 3 efficacy trials and could seek full FDA approval at any time.

CSU and UC officials said the planned requirement will be discussed with faculty and student representatives, as well as working groups.

However, they chose to announce the requirement scheduled for Thursday so that all members of the campus community can start getting vaccinated before the start of the fall term.

California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said decisions about whether to get vaccinated on their campuses will be left to individual community college districts.

San Diego County public health officials reported 281 new COVID-19 infections and three deaths on Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 275,912 cases and 3,684 deaths.

Of the 17,425 tests reported Thursday, 2% came back positive. The 14-day moving average of positive tests is 1.7%.

Coronavirus hospitalizations fell by 1 in 186, compared to Wednesday. There were 57 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds as of Thursday’s report, an increase from the day before. There are 54 intensive care beds available in the county.

More than 2.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been issued in San Diego County and 1,332,124 county residents have received at least one dose.

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The state’s goal is to vaccinate 75% of people 16 and older to gain so-called herd immunity, which equates to an estimated 2.02 million residents of San Diego County.

The county reported on Thursday that more than 863,058 people in San Diego County – 42.8% of that target – are fully vaccinated. The figures include both county residents and those who work only in the county.

San Diego County received nearly 100,000 more coronavirus shots this week than the week before, public health officials said.

The 294,440 vaccine doses the county received this week are the largest the county has received in a single week, with a total of 2,583,595 vaccines received since they were cleared for use by the FDA in December.

San Diego County Supervisory Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said he was not aware of the number of doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines San Diego County is expected to receive next week.

Fletcher said the county continued to stockpile 11,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson as federal health officials investigated reports of a handful of women across the country developing potentially dangerous blood clots within two weeks. receiving the single dose vaccine, resulting in death. The use of the J&J vaccine has been suspended since April 13.

A total of 203 fully vaccinated San Diego County residents have tested positive for the SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, according to Dr. Eric McDonald, medical director of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization Services County Health and Human Services Agency. This represents a rate of 0.027% of all fully immunized county residents – just over three times the federal rate of 0.008%.

Of those, McDonald’s said 57% had no symptoms and were tested for some other reason. None of the fully vaccinated people were hospitalized or died.

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