Riverside County Wednesday reported 62 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, two additional virus-related deaths and a slight drop in COVID-positive hospitalizations.
The aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 was 301,482, according to the Riverside University Health System, which reported 4,624 confirmed virus-related deaths.
The number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Riverside County was 39 on Wednesday, two fewer than Tuesday. That total includes eight intensive care unit patients, a drop of one compared to the previous day.
Known active virus cases countywide stood at 753, down 49 from a day earlier. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 301,482 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 296,105.
Most COVID-19 restrictions throughout California ended Tuesday as the state retired its Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system and lifted capacity and physical distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities.
The milestone coincided with drops in COVID positivity and case rates throughout Riverside County.
The county’s positivity rate dropped to 1.1%, compared to 1.2% last week, and the state-adjusted case rate fell to 1.5 per 100,000 residents, based on a rolling seven-day average, compared to 1.6 per 100,000 last week.
Board of Supervisors Chair Karen Spiegel on Tuesday announced the end of in-person COVID updates during board meetings, saying that from now on, the time will be allotted to different county departments to share information regarding what they’re doing.
“It’s a good use of the time,” Spiegel said. “It’s something new and different.”
She encouraged residents, business owners and county employees to “savor life and focus on recovery.”
The tier system was put in place last August, replacing a phased reopening approach that the governor announced in April 2020.
The lifting of restrictions means mask mandates are no longer universal but continue to apply in some settings, including on public buses, in schools and in hospitals, according to RUHS.
Most distancing and capacity limitations have also been rescinded, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or more attendees, officials said.
According to RUHS, about 52% of all county residents have either been fully or partially vaccinated.
Homebound people with infirmities can make an appointment for vaccination via the web portal myturn.ca.gov/, or by calling 833-422-4255. Residents 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.
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