The overall number of people hospitalized with coronavirus in Riverside County edged up, but the number of intensive care patients dropped slightly, with four additional virus-related deaths reported Thursday.

According to the Riverside University Health System, COVID hospitalizations countywide are at 274, up from 271 on Wednesday, and that includes 60 ICU patients, down four from a day ago.

Officials said that the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 381,461, compared to 380,864 on Wednesday.

A total 5,496 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 20 months. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to health officials.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 4,318, down 14 from a day ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 381,461 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 371,647.

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