Riverside County Wednesday reported 74 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and a slight uptick in hospitalizations, but no additional deaths.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 edged up to 300,550, according to the Riverside University Health System, which has logged 4,608 deaths from virus-related complications.
RUHS data showed 40 people countywide hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, three more than Tuesday. That figure includes seven patients in intensive care units, unchanged from the day before.
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 1,136, down 40 from a day ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 300,550 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are at 294,806.
The county’s COVID positivity rate dropped to 1.5% this week, down from 1.6% last week, while the state-adjusted case rate is 2.5 per 100,000 residents, based on a rolling seven-day average, compared to 2.8 per 100,000 last week, according to state data. The new figures, while an improvement, were not good enough to allow for increased bushiness to open up in the county.
The county entered the orange tier six weeks ago, removing some operational barriers for private and public entities. The county had been in the red tier since March 16, after five months in the most restrictive purple tier. The next step would be the yellow, or least-restrictive level.
Public Health Officer Dr. Geoffrey Leung said the California Department of Public Health has already drafted new guidelines that are expected to take effect on June 15, when the governor’s statewide tier assignment system is slated to disappear.
“Very limited measures will remain,” Leung said. “Most capacity and distancing measures will be going away.”
He said “mega events” will still have some limitations. They’re defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or more attendees.
According to county data, 1,985,440 doses of SARS-Cov-2 vaccine have been administered countywide since December.
The county last week began offering immunization services to homebound individuals, using a private contractor, United Lab Services, at a cost of $300,000.
Officials estimate roughly 3,000 residents might benefit from the service, which is being offered at no cost. Anyone who wishes to make an appointment for a home visitation was asked to use the web portal myturn.ca.gov/, or call 833-422-4255.
People 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.