The number of COVID-positive patients in Riverside County hospitals has continued to decline, falling from 127 to 123, according to the latest state figures out Saturday.

Of those patients, 21 were in intensive care, up four from the previous day.

The county’s number of COVID hospitalizations had climbed as high as 1,109 in mid-January during a surge in cases driven by the Omicron variant, but has been steadily declining since then.

Local health officials reported another eight virus-related deaths Friday, bringing the county’s total to 6,373 since the pandemic began, according to the Riverside University Health System.

Fatalities are considered trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates, meaning some deaths may have actually occurred weeks ago, according to health officials.

The RUHS on Friday also reported 127 new positive COVID tests. The aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the county since the pandemic began is 593,887.

The number of known active virus cases in the county was 26,493 Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 593,887. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 561,021.

The RUHS does not report COVID data on weekends.

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