Riverside County Monday reported two virus-related deaths, 17 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and a slight increase in the number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 was 301,329, according to the Riverside University Health System, which reported 4,620 confirmed deaths.
County health officials do not post updated statistics on weekends.
There are 33 people countywide were hospitalized with coronavirus as of Friday, two more than Friday. That includes nine intensive care unit patients, three more than Friday.
The number of known active virus cases countywide was 708, down 66 from last week. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 301,329 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 296,001.
According to RUHS, the county’s COVID positivity rate was 1.2%, compared to 1.3% two weeks ago, and the state-adjusted case rate was 1.6 per 100,000 residents, based on a rolling seven-day average, compared to 2 per 100,000 two weeks ago.
The California Department of Public Health has drafted new guidelines that take effect Tuesday, 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 more than 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Most distancing and capacity limitations will be rescinded this week, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or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.
More than 2 million SARS-Cov-2 vaccinations have been administered countywide since December.
Homebound people with infirmities can make an appointment for vaccination via the web portal myturn.ca.gov/, or by calling 833-422-4255. Residents 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.