The number of coronavirus patients under intensive care in Riverside County fell to 10 Friday — the lowest number in more than a year — with no additional virus-related deaths reported.

According to the Riverside University Health System, 52 people countywide are hospitalized with COVID-19, a drop of seven from Thursday, and the ICU patient count declined by one from a day ago.

The ICU count is the lowest since RUHS began publishing COVID-19 hospital data in April 2020.

A total 4,602 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 13 months, and that figure has not changed since Tuesday.

The aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 300,246, up 57 from Thursday, according to RUHS data.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 1,251, down 26 from Thursday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 300,246 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are at 294,393.

According to Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari, 70% of county residents 65 years and older — those considered most vulnerable to virus-related hospitalization or death — have been partially or fully vaccinated.

The county is now offering immunization services to homebound individuals, using a private contractor, United Lab Services, at a cost of $300,000.

Officials estimate roughly 3,000 residents might benefit from the service, which will be offered at no cost to recipients. Anyone who wishes to make an appointment for a home visitation was asked to use the web portal myturn.ca.gov/, or call 833-422-4255.

People who are not homebound must continue to use the county website to make an appointment: www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine. Or they may call the county’s 211 help line.

The coronavirus positivity rate is 1.6%, unchanged in the last two weeks, while the state-adjusted case rate is 2.8 per 100,000, based on a rolling seven-day average, compared to 2.7 per 100,000 two weeks ago.

Despite improving metrics, the county has not met the threshold required under the governor’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” framework to move into the yellow tier. The county’s positivity rate now meets that criteria, but the ongoing case rate is required to be 2 per 100,000 or less.

The issue may be moot if restrictions are universally lifted statewide, as planned by the governor barring unforeseen circumstances, on June 15.

The yellow tier designation raises capacity limits for most businesses.

The county entered the orange tier five weeks ago, removing some operational barriers for private and public entities. The county had been in the red tier since March 16, after five months in the most restrictive purple tier.

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