Riverside county health officials reported 10 new deaths attributed to the coronavirus Wednesday, and another 249 infections, which is the lowest one-day case increase in a week and a half.

The total number of deaths connected to COVID-19 since the public health documentation period began in March now stands at 682, with 36,159 cases, according to the Riverside University Health System.

Fatalities reported Wednesday occurred as far back as July 24, according to RUHS spokesman Jose Arballo.

Wednesday’s 249-case increase was the lowest daily total since July 19 when 160 infections were reported, according to RUHS data, although Arballo cautioned that the one-day total does not make a trend.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 22,821, an increase of 72 from a day earlier. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the county Executive Office.

Officials said the number of confirmed patient recoveries is 12,656. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not shown symptoms for 14 days.

According to RUHS, 490 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, three more than on Tuesday. The hospitalizations include 153 patients in intensive care units, which is 10 more than on Tuesday.

Health officials said that between 118,000 and 175,400 county residents might have been infected by the coronavirus at some point since COVID-19 reached the county, citing preliminary results of a recent randomized antibody test study.

The study was conducted over two weekends this month and involved 1,726 randomly selected people. The results are still being analyzed, county officials said Monday.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is nearly 28 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, while most of the infections occurred in people between the ages of 25 and 44, according to health officials.

The county was advancing into stage 3 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage deregulation plan for economic recovery when Newsom 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.

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