Riverside County reported another 1,044 new COVID cases Monday, along with one additional death.
The new cases announced by the Riverside University Health System raised the cumulative case number from throughout the pandemic to 320,777.
According to RUHS, the number of ICU patients dropped to 95, down two from Friday, while total hospitalizations climbed to 485, an increase of six..
The one additional virus-related death increased the county’s overall COVID death toll to 4,686 deaths. Fatalities are considered trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates, meaning deaths that are newly reported may have actually occurred as much as a month ago, according to health officials.
The county updates its figures Monday through Friday.
Meanwhile, RUHS is attempting to collect statistics on the number of hospitalizations involving residents who have been partially or fully vaccinated, according to agency spokesman Jose Arballo. Health officials across the country have said current hospitalizations are overwhelmingly occurring among unvaccinated people, although there are also so-called “breakthrough” cases involving those who are fully vaccinated.
“I am working with administration to get some system for tracking,” Arballo told City News Service. “The hospitals may provide that to the state, and we are trying to get a system in place to retrieve that data.”
The number of known active virus cases countywide was 5,270, down 1,614 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 320,777 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 310,821.
The recent increase in COVID cases mirrors a nationwide surge, and officials have theorized the highly infectious Delta variant has helped fuel the escalation. The mid-June relaxation of lockdown measures is also seen as a key factor in increased virus spread.
According to RUHS, about 60% of all county residents have either been fully or partially vaccinated and about 51.4% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Information on vaccination is available at rivcoph.org/coronavirus.