RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Riverside County rose by 754 people, with 17 additional deaths attributed to complications stemming from the virus, while hospitalizations continue to fall, health officials said Monday.
The total number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 58,932, compared to 58,178 on Friday, according to the Riverside University Health System.
RUHS said the number of deaths tied to COVID-19 stands at 1,206, up from 1,189 at the end of last week.
The Emergency Management Department said 128 people are hospitalized countywide with virus symptoms. That’s down from 142 on Friday. The hospitalization figure includes 36 intensive care unit patients. All COVID-19 hospitalization numbers are now at or below levels reported in April.
EMD Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors last week that the Emergency Operations Center in downtown Riverside had been de-activated but remains in standby mode.
Each Tuesday, the state announces which counties progress or move backward in the state’s tiered “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” framework. Last Tuesday, California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said he did not expect to see many counties move forward as a result of possible increased virus spread due to the long Labor Day weekend earlier this month that likely prompted gatherings of friends and families.
As of Monday, Riverside County remained in the state’s “red tier,” and there is no immediate indication that the county is losing ground. The county’s case rate is 6.7 infections per 100,000 population, while the positivity rate stands at 5.8 percent.
Riverside County’s red tier status has allowed further reopening of the local economy. Read more: State OKs More Reopening Of Riverside County Amid Coronavirus
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—City News Service contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on the Murrieta Patch