Testing for coronavirus
Lab technicians test for coronavirus. Courtesy California Department of Public Health

An additional 831 coronavirus infections have been confirmed, along with 20 more deaths believed connected to complications stemming from the virus, according to the Riverside University Health System.

Officials said the aggregate number of COVID-19 diagnoses stretching back to when the documentation period began in early March is now 32,813.

The number of deaths attributed to virus complications is now 637, compared to 617 on Wednesday.

The tally of known active virus cases countywide stands at 20,662, up 567 from Wednesday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total of 32,813, according to the county Executive Office.

Officials said the number of confirmed patient recoveries is 11,514. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

According to RUHS, 534 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, six more than Wednesday. Hospitalizations include 155 patients in intensive care units.

California now has the most COVID-19 cases in the nation after passing New York Wednesday, though New York has recorded more fatalities.

Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the Board of Supervisors last week that the average positivity rate among those screened for the virus countywide is at 20%, two and a half times the preferred state threshold of 8%.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 26 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

Most of the county’s fatalities stemming from complications tied to COVID-19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, according to RUHS. The agency said most of the county’s infections are in the 25 to 44 age group.

County officials will join representatives from several nonprofits Friday morning to announce the distribution of 10 million masks countywide as part of a local virus containment strategy. There will also be an update on the work of the Riverside County Economic Recovery Task Force, which was formed by the Board of Supervisors to identify ways of aiding the private sector amid the ongoing public health regulations that have forced many businesses to shut down.

The county was advancing into stage 3 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage deregulation plan for economic recovery when he announced another round of restrictions earlier this month amid a dramatic rise in infection rates.

Riverside County was among 32 counties that landed on the California Department of Public Health’s monitoring list after patient counts jumped in the latter half of June.

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