Riverside County health officials have reported another 163 coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March now stands at 54,735, along with 1,085 deaths, according to the Riverside University Health System.

There are now 185 patients hospitalized countywide for treatment of the virus, up 10 from Tuesday. That figure includes 62 people in intensive care units, or two more than the previous day.

Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors last week there has been “an ongoing significant decrease” from the peak of hospitalizations in mid-July, when 550 people with COVID-19 were in the county’s 17 acute care medical facilities.

The number of known active cases countywide was 4,889, a decline of 490 since Tuesday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 54,735 — according to the county Executive Office.

The number of verified patient recoveries is 48,761. A recovery is defined as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a four-tier color-coded system that’s used to assess the speed at which to loosen public health regulations impacting businesses, some of which have permanently closed countywide. The county remains in the purple, or worst, tier, requiring many indoor businesses to remain shut down or substantially limit capacity.

In order for the county to move to the next level, the red tier, it has to document fewer than seven new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people on a rolling seven-day average, and the positivity testing rate must be less than 8% in the same period.

Additional information about the formula can be found at www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 52 days. A doubling rate of seven days is reason for alarm, while expanding doubling times point to moderation, or gradual success in virus containment, according to health officials.

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