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The coronavirus is pictured in this electron microscope image. Courtesy NIH

Riverside County’s latest COVID-19 numbers show 931 newly confirmed cases and an uptick in hospitalizations, but — for a sixth straight day — no additional deaths.

With data released Monday, the cumulative number of COVID-19 fatalities in the county since the pandemic began stood at 4,667, the same number reported last Tuesday, according to the Riverside University Health System.

The aggregate number of infections recorded now stands at 314,862, according to RUHS.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 totaled 411, up 27 from Friday. No additional intensive care unit patients were reported since Friday, leaving the standing figure at 85.

The number of known active virus cases was 6,506, down 570 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the county Executive Office.

Verified patient recoveries countywide total 303,889.

Riverside County is continuing to experience the highest number of COVID-positive hospitalizations since February, although the total is well below the level seen during the winter surge, when more than 1,600 people where hospitalized with the virus.

The recent increase in new cases mirrors a nationwide surge, with federal health officials blaming the highly infectious Delta strain of the virus.

When asked about a possible culprit for the sudden increase in cases in Riverside County, Public Health Officer Dr. Geoffrey Leung theorized last week that the jump could be linked to the relaxation of state lockdown measures in June.

State health officials reiterated Monday that the Delta variant is preying on the unvaccinated population, which has an infection rate nearly seven times higher than that of vaccinated residents.

According to RUHS, 58.9% of county residents 12 and older have received at least one coronavirus vaccine shot, and 50.6% have been fully vaccinated.

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