The number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Riverside County decreased Monday, while 432 new cases were confirmed and 10 new virus-related deaths were reported.

According to the Riverside University Health System, COVID-related hospitalizations countywide dropped to 210 Monday, compared to 243 on Friday. The number of those patients in intensive care was 53 Monday, down from 56 on Friday.

The cumulative number of COVID cases recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020 stood at 362,435 as of Monday, up from 362,003 on Friday.

Officials said Monday a total of 5,144 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the past roughly 19 months. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back a month or longer.

The number of known active virus cases countywide Monday was 2,905, down 470 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 362,435 — according to the county Executive Office.

Verified patient recoveries countywide were 354,386.

Meanwhile, RUHS officials were preparing to begin administering booster shots for on Tuesday for people who originally received either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Federal officials approved such shots last week.

To receive a booster for a Johnson & Johnson shot, you must be 18 years or older and received your original dose no sooner than two months ago.

For those who received the two-shot Moderna vaccine, boosters are available for people who are 65 years old or older, 18-64 years old with underlying medical conditions, and those who are 18-64 years old and are at increased risk of COIVD-19 exposure due to occupational or institutional settings. People must have received the last dose of the original Moderna vaccine at least six months ago to qualify for a booster.

“This is one more important step in getting us through the pandemic,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside County public health officer. “There also continues to remain opportunities for those who still need an initial dose to receive it at any of our community clinic and provider locations throughout the county.”

To schedule a vaccination appointment, visit myturn.ca.gov/index.html.

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