The number of COVID-positive patients in Riverside County hospitals increased by 19 people to 791 Friday.

The number of those patients in intensive care increased to 126, up three from Thursday.

The county reported an additional 11 virus-related deaths and 1,699 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing its cumulative totals to 412,225 cases and 5,631 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to the Riverside University Health System.

Fatalities are considered trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to health officials.

The number of known active virus cases in the county was 14,948 as of Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 412,225. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 391,646.

Meanwhile, to support local communities with additional testing facilities and capacity amid the national surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the activation the California National Guard.

“California has led the country’s fight against COVID-19, implementing first-in-the-nation public health measures that have helped save tens of thousands of lives,” Newsom said. “We continue to support communities in their response to COVID by bolstering testing capacity.”

The announcement comes as Omicron continues to spread rapidly across the globe, accounting for at least 80% of COVID-19 cases in California.

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