COVID-19 positivity and case rates throughout Riverside County were unchanged this week, ending a steady trend of decreases over the past several weeks, local health officials reported Tuesday.

According to the Riverside University Health System, the positivity rate remains at 1.1%, while the state-adjusted case rate is 1.5 per 100,000 residents, based on a rolling seven-day average.

Meanwhile, the aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 rose to 301,799 on Tuesday, up 131 from the day before.

A total 4,627 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 15 months, unchanged from Monday.

The number of COVID-positive hospitalizations totaled 39, two more than Monday. That figure includes seven intensive care unit patients, the same as Monday.

The number of known active virus cases countywide increased to 797, up 123 from Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 301,799 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 296,375.

Board of Supervisors Chair Karen Spiegel last Tuesday ended in-person COVID updates by health officials in recognition of the June 15 end of the governor’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” tier system.

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 Most distancing and capacity limitations have also been rescinded, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or more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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