Riverside County health officials Monday reported 34 new deaths attributed to the coronavirus, including a 23-year-old man from San Jacinto, along with 1,720 new infections, in the county’s latest data release since Friday.
The death toll now stands at 671, and the cumulative case total is 35,187, according to the Riverside University Health System, which only releases updated figures on weekdays.
The latest deaths to be reported occurred as far back as July 12, according to RUHS spokesman Jose Arballo. The 23-year-old San Jacinto resident died sometime last week, he said, adding it was not immediately clear if the young man had any underlying health conditions.
The number of known active virus cases in Riverside County now stands at 22,339, up 1,214 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 35,187 — according to the county Executive Office.
Officials said the number of confirmed patient recoveries is 12,117. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.
According to RUHS, 488 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, 35 fewer than Friday. Hospitalizations include 146 patients in intensive care units, which is 13 fewer than Friday.
County officials on Monday also announced that somewhere between 118,000 and 175,400 Riverside County residents may have been infected by the coronavirus at some point since the pandemic began, citing preliminary results of a recent randomized antibody test study.
“We continue to learn new information about coronavirus, and this survey adds important research to the growing knowledge of COVID-19,” said county Supervisor Manuel Perez. “We still must protect everybody out there who is susceptible to getting sick, and we should do so by wearing face coverings, physical distancing, washing our hands and avoiding gatherings.”
The study was conducted over two weekends this month and included 1,726 randomly selected people.
The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 25 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.
Most of the county’s fatalities stemming from complications tied to COVID-19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, according to RUHS. The agency said most of the county’s infections are in the 25 to 44 age group.
The county was advancing into Stage 3 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage deregulation plan for economic recovery when he announced another round of restrictions earlier this month amid a dramatic rise in infection rates.
Riverside County was among 32 counties that landed on the California Department of Public Health’s monitoring list after patient counts jumped in the latter half of June.