The number of coronavirus patients under intensive care in Riverside County has fallen to five — the lowest total in more than a year — though two additional virus-related deaths were reported.
According to data released Monday by the Riverside University Health System, 32 people countywide were hospitalized with coronavirus, one more than on Friday. That figure includes five intensive care unit patients, down two from Friday.
The agency does not provide updated COVID-19 statistics on weekends.
The aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 was 301,013, up 84 from Friday.
A total of 4,618 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded since the pandemic began, according to RUHS data.
The number of known active virus cases countywide was 731, down 77 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 301,013 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 295,664.
The county’s COVID positivity rate was 1.3%, down from 1.5% the previous week, while the state-adjusted case rate was 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 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 nearly two months 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Most distancing and capacity limitations are expected to be rescinded on June 15, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or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 SARS-Cov-2 vaccine 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.