Riverside County reported a large decrease in coronavirus hospitalizations, while an additional 12 virus-related deaths were reported, the latest data show.
According to numbers released Tuesday by the Riverside University Health System, the number of COVID hospitalizations countywide was 613, down 60 from Friday, while the number of intensive care patients being treated for the virus decreased to 124, down 24 from Friday.
County officials do not update their coronavirus numbers on weekends, and no new data was announced Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.
The aggregate number of COVID cases recorded in Riverside County since the pandemic began in March 2020 stood at 340,700, an increase of 1,900 from Friday.
A total of 4,771 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 18 months in the county. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates, according to health officials.
Since March 2020, the county has seen three COVID-related deaths involving residents under 18 years old, translating to 0.0006% of all documented SARS-CoV-2 fatalities across the county.
The number of known active virus cases in the county was 7,623 on Tuesday, down 246 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 340,700 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide totaled 328,306.
In August, federal health officials recommended that all vaccinated Americans get a booster eight months after they become fully vaccinated. That amounts to a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and “likely” an additional dose for people who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. The shots could begin the week of Sept. 20.
Information on vaccinations is available at rivcoph.org/coronavirus.