Riverside County reported 2,051 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 new virus-related deaths over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, along with a slight decrease in coronavirus hospitalizations.

The number of COVID patients hospitalized in the county decreased to 214 Monday, down from 228 on Friday, according to the Riverside University Health System. The number of those patients in intensive care was 54, down from 60.

County health officials did not report new cases or deaths Thursday or Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The cumulative number of COVID cases recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020 stood at 376,109, up from 374,058 on Wednesday.

A total of 5,447 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the county in roughly the past 20 months. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can date back a month or longer.

The number of known active virus cases countywide on Monday was 3,613 — up 38 from Wednesday, according to the Riverside University Health System. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 376,109 — according to the county’s Executive Office.

Verified patient recoveries countywide were 367,049.

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