The number of hospital patients infected with coronavirus in Riverside County increased marginally Thursday, and two additional virus-related deaths were reported.

According to the Riverside University Health System, 37 people countywide were hospitalized with COVID-19, three more than Wednesday. That number includes 10 intensive care unit patients, up one from a day ago.

The aggregate number of virus cases recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020 is 300,879, up 28 from the day before, according to RUHS.

A total of 4,614 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 14 months.

The number of known active virus cases countywide was 846, down 95 from a day earlier. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 300,879 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are at 295,419.

The county’s COVID positivity rate is 1.3%, down from 1.5% last week, while the state-adjusted case rate is 2 per 100,000 residents, based on a rolling seven-day average, compared to 2.5 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 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 seven 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Most distancing and capacity limitations are expected to be rescinded on June 15, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or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.

More than 2 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered countywide since December.

The county began offering immunization services to homebound individuals two weeks ago. Officials estimate roughly 3,000 residents might need the service, which is free. 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.

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