The number of coronavirus patients in Riverside County hospitals increased by three to 320, with 82 in intensive care, the same as Monday, state health officials said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded in the county rose by 1,139 since Monday, reaching 388,122 since the pandemic began, according to the Riverside University Health System.

While the Omicron variant of the coronavirus surges nationally, the RUHS continued Tuesday to report only one such case in Riverside County — recorded last week.

“We knew that it was likely the variant would eventually arrive in Riverside County, so this is no surprise or cause for widespread concern,” Kim Saruwatari, director of public health, said on Friday.

“The same steps that helped protect us against the virus in the past remain in place.”

Authorities were investigating whether the individual diagnosed with Omicron traveled before testing positive in Los Angeles County on Dec. 8.

The number of known active virus cases countywide was 5,170 on Tuesday, up 1,014 from Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 388,122 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 377,403.

A total of 5,549 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the county in the past 21 months. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to health officials.

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