The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Riverside County edged up by seven Friday, and the infection total widened by 382, health officials reported.

The total number of COVID-19 fatalities recorded since the public health documentation period began in March is 695, and the case total is 37,011, according to Riverside University Health System.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 23,266, an increase of 241 from a day earlier, according to figures. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total of 37,011, according to the county Executive Office.

Officials said the number of confirmed patient recoveries is 13,050. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

According to RUHS, 452 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, 23 fewer than Thursday. Hospitalizations include 153 patients in intensive care units.

Health officials said this week that between 118,000 and 175,400 county residents may 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 doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 28 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

Most of the county’s deaths stemming from complications tied to COVID-19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, according to RUHS.

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.


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