The number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Riverside County continued to drop Tuesday, and no new deaths from the virus were reported.

According to the Riverside University Health System, COVID-related hospitalizations countywide dropped to 288 Tuesday, compared to 291 reflected in state figures Monday. The number of those patients in intensive care was 77, down from 83 on Monday.

No new data was released Monday by the RUHS because of the holiday, so hospitalization and ICU figures were the only categories updated based on state numbers.

The aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 357,759. Friday’s number was 357,306.

The total number of deaths from virus-related complications recorded in the last roughly 19 months remained at 5,063 Tuesday, the same as Friday. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back a month, sometimes longer.

The number of known active virus cases countywide Tuesday was 3,048, down 1,015 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 357,759 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide were 349,648.

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