The number of COVID-positive patients in Riverside County hospitals climbed to 886 Tuesday — up from 851 Sunday.

The number of those patients in intensive care was 137, the same as Sunday.

Monday’s numbers came as the county reported no new virus-related deaths and 4,364 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its cumulative totals to 416,589 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 14,365 as of Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 416,589. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 396,593.

The RUHS does not update COVID data on weekends.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday unveiled a proposed $2.7 billion COVID-19 emergency response package as part of his next budget proposal, including a $1.4 billion emergency appropriation request to bolster testing capacity, accelerate vaccination and booster efforts, support frontline workers, strengthen the health care system and “battle misinformation.”

On Friday, Newsom announced the activation of the California National Guard to provide additional testing capacity amid the national surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant.

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