Riverside County Monday reported more than 1,700 new COVID cases and an additional 11 virus-related deaths, along with a drop in hospitalizations.

The number of COVID hospitalizations countywide Monday was 541, down 34 from Friday, though the number of intensive care patients being treated for the virus increased to 139, up four from Friday, according to the Riverside University Health System.

The aggregate number of COVID cases recorded in Riverside County since the pandemic began in March 2020 was 345,268 as of Monday, an increase of 1,712 from Friday.

A total of 4,837 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the past 18 months in the county. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates, according to health officials.

The number of known active virus cases in the county was 6,605 on Monday, down 669 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 345,268 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide totaled 333,826.

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