Riverside County health officials reported 1,086 new coronavirus cases, spanning a two-day period, in their latest update, though no new deaths were confirmed.
According to data released Thursday by the Riverside University Health System, the aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 now stands at 307,922.
The countywide death count since March 2020 remained at 4,659.
A glitch in the state’s coronavirus data collection system resulted in only hospitalization and ICU numbers being updated for Wednesday’s report, according to officials.
There were 20 new COVID-positive hospital patients as of Thursday, bringing the total to 246, RUHS officials said. This total includes 61 intensive care unit patients, up seven from the day before.
The number of known active virus cases was 4,234, up 80 from two days before. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 299,029.
Meanwhile, county Public Health Officer Dr. Geoffrey Leung said at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that the number of people being treated in medical centers for COVID remains “far below” the level seen during the winter virus surge.
“These numbers are far below the previous surge numbers of January,” Leung told the board.
The increase in new COVID cases mirrors rises in cases being seen nationally, with federal health officials blaming the highly infectious Delta strain of the virus first detected in India.
When asked about a possible culprit for the sudden increase in cases in the county, Leung theorized that the jump could be linked to the relaxation of state lockdown measures in June.
Officials said the Delta variant of COVID is highly contagious, spreading more easily from person to person. State health officials reiterated Monday that the variant is preying on the unvaccinated population, which currently has an infection rate nearly seven times higher than that of vaccinated residents.
According to RUHS, 57.1% of county residents 12 and older have received at least one COVID vaccine shot, and 49.5% have been fully vaccinated.
The RUHS coronavirus portal can be accessed at www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.