Riverside County has reported 356 new coronavirus infections and one additional death, bringing the cumulative caseload to 38,487 and the number of fatalities to 738.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 17,670, compared to 17,695 a day earlier. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the county Executive Office.

According to the Riverside University Health System, 424 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, one more than Monday. Hospitalizations include 133 patients in intensive care units.

“We have seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for the past 10 days,” county Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. “In the prior week, we were (averaging) 475 in the hospital each day. But we’ve steadily seen COVID-positive hospitalizations go down. ICU utilization has also leveled off and come down slightly.”

According to Barton, the greatest number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations are in county District 4, which encompasses the Coachella Valley. Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage has seen the heaviest demand for COVID-19 treatment, requiring a 19-person federal medical team to assist on-site staff, the EMD director said.

County Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the board that District 4 also has the highest proportion of coronavirus-related deaths. She further acknowledged that nearly two-thirds — 63% — of all loses countywide coded as COVID-19 were correlated to underlying conditions, principally chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease.

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

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.

The number of confirmed patient recoveries is 20,079, according to the RUHS. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

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 last month amid a dramatic rise in infection rates.

Riverside County was among the counties that landed on the California Department of Public Health’s monitoring list after patient counts jumped in the latter half of June. There are now 38 counties on the list.

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