The number of coronavirus patients in Riverside County hospitals jumped by 44 to 431 Wednesday and the number of those patients in intensive care increased to 86, up five from Tuesday — while the county also logged an additional 17 virus-related deaths.

Meanwhile, the aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the county increased by 2,269 since Tuesday, reaching a total of 397,228 since the pandemic began, according to the Riverside University Health System.

Of those cases, nine were reported by the RUHS on Monday to be of the Omicron variant. The RUHS updates the variant data on a weekly basis.

With the 17 deaths recorded Wednesday, a total of 5,572 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the county in the past 21 months. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays in processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to health officials.

The number of known active virus cases countywide was 7,976 on Wednesday, down 36 from Tuesday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 397,228. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 383,680.

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