The number of COVID-positive hospitalizations in Riverside County fell, while one additional virus-related death was reported Thursday.

According to the Riverside University Health System, the number of COVID-positive patients dropped to 36, compared to 39 Wednesday, and that included six intensive care unit patients, two less than a day ago.

RUHS said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 301,543, up 61 from Wednesday.

Officials said a total 4,625 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 14 months. Wednesday’s number was 4,624.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 780, up 27 from a day ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 301,543 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 296,138.

The estimated COVID positivity rate is 1.1 %, compared to 1.2 % last week, and the state-adjusted case rate stands at 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 ended in-person COVID updates by health officials in recognition of the end of the governor’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” tier system. Spiegel 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 public health restrictions meant 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Most distancing and capacity limitations have also been rescinded, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or more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.

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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