County Reports 83 New COVID Cases as Officials Urge Caution Over Memorial Day Weekend

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A San Diego Fire-Rescue paramedic vaccinates a San Diego resident. Photo via @SDFD Twitter

San Diego County reported 83 new COVID-19 cases Friday as health officials reminded the public to continue taking precautions to avoid getting and transmitting COVID-19 this holiday weekend.

While the number of local COVID-19 cases has significantly decreased in recent weeks, not enough San Diegans have been vaccinated for the region to achieve herd immunity.

“The pandemic is not over. We must continue taking precautions to protect San Diegans who can’t or won’t get vaccinated,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. “People who have not been vaccinated should be wearing a mask, keeping their distance and avoiding large gatherings.”

Friday’s data increased the county’s coronavirus case total to 280,042, while the death toll remained at 3,756.

Of 12,644 tests reported Friday, 0.7% returned positive, pushing the 14-day rolling average to 0.8%, the lowest this year.

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