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San Diego County reported a record-high number of new COVID-19 deaths last week. The 65 deaths, reported Jan. 20, surpass the previous single-day record of 62 deaths reported on New Year’s Eve. Coronavirus patients in intensive care units in the County set a record the same day, according to public health officials, who also reported 1,720 new COVID-19 cases. The number of hospitalizations overall related to COVID-19 decreased to 1,706, the lowest number in two weeks, after setting a record of 1,804 hospitalized patients on Jan. 12.

While another surge remains possible, especially with new, more infectious variants on the horizon, the number of new daily infections in the current wave appears to have hit a high in the past week or two and has been steadily declining in most states since, the researchers say.

On Tuesday, San Diego County public health officials reported 1,434 new COVID-19 cases and 46 additional deaths, marking the 57th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new cases and bringing the county's cumulative case total to 230,066 and the death toll to 2,421. Additionally, there has been a 10% increase in the number of hospitalizations, and a 21% increase in patients in ICUs as of Sunday, according to the county's Health and Human Services Agency.

The US reported its second-highest daily death toll of the pandemic on Jan. 20, with 4,375 deaths on Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, even as hospitalizations nationwide edge downward and the number of newly reported cases rose only slightly. State officials said Monday that the four-week hospitalization projections now indicate ICU capacity will rise above the 15% threshold.

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