The number of coronavirus patients in Riverside County hospitals was unchanged Thursday, and no additional virus-related deaths were reported.

According to the Riverside University Health System, 40 people countywide are hospitalized with coronavirus, and that includes seven intensive care unit patients, the same numbers as Wednesday.

The ICU count is the lowest since RUHS began publishing COVID-19 hospital data in April 2020.

The RUHS reported 81 new coronavirus infections, bringing the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 to 300,631.

A total of 4,608 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 14 months, the same figure reported over the last two days.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 1,113, down 23 from a day ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 300,631 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are at 294,910.

The county’s COVID positivity rate is 1.5%, 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 health officials, the California Department of Public Health has drafted new guidelines that are expected to take effect on June 15, when the governor’s statewide tier assignment system under the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” framework is slated to end.

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.

Most distancing and capacity limitations will be rescinded on June 15, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or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, officials said.

County Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that 1,969,242 doses of SARS-Cov-2 vaccine have been administered countywide since December.

The county began offering immunization services to homebound individuals last week. Officials estimate roughly 3,000 residents might need 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, or call 833-422-4255.

People who are not homebound must continue to use the county website to make an appointment: Or they may call the county’s 211 help line.

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