The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Riverside County spiked up to 320 Tuesday, while the number of those patients in intensive care was 81, up nine from Monday.

According to the Riverside University Health System, the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the pandemic period began in March 2020 rose by 841 since Monday, reaching 384,083.

A total 5,514 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the past 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 was 5,050 on Tuesday, up 788 from Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 384,083 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 373,519.

Meanwhile, the state announced Monday a new mask mandate will take effect Wednesday through Jan. 15, requiring face coverings in all indoor public settings across California. Among the indoor public spaces affected are retail stores, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers and government offices that serve the public.

The state will also toughen the restriction for unvaccinated people who attend indoor “mega-events” of 1,000 people or more, requiring them to receive a negative COVID test within one day of the event if it is a rapid antigen test or within two days for a PCR test. The current rules require a test within 72 hours of the event.

State officials will also recommend, but not require, that people who travel to California or return to the state after traveling be tested for COVID within three to five days.

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