San Diego hits an unfortunate milestone of over 30,000 individuals being hospitalized due to COVID-19 since the start of the on-going pandemic. 

The milestone was confirmed by the San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency today, Wednesday April 20, marking an unfortunate peak that speaks volumes on the impact the virus has had on San Diegans since the start of 2020. 

For health officials like county public health officer like Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, the public should take this as an alarming sign for all San Diegans, as a warning that this pandemic is still far from being completely gone. 

"The unfortunate hospitalization milestone and bump in cases in the region and across the country are a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over," said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten. "San Diegans, especially those at higher risk for severe outcomes from an infection, should continue to utilize non-pharmaceutical interventions, like masking and staying away from sick people. Everyone should get vaccinated and boosted when they are eligible, protecting themselves and those around them." said Dr. Wooten. 

It at all started on February 25, 2020, when the first hospitalization report by a county resident was confirmed in the region. And now, just over two years later, over 30,000 have now been confirmed. 

As of today, there are currently 100 residents in San Diego County hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 16 of them being treated in intensive care beds. 

After the Omicron surpassed its tipping point, the number of hospitalizations slowly decreased after the holidays, but new infections tied to COVID have once again reached a new high after two weeks with 405 cases reported as of Wednesday. 

However, even as numbers remain relatively low compared to the start of the year and prior, health officials still highly-recommend locals to take proper precaution when being out in the public. 

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