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The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus in Riverside County has increased by three people to 55, according to the latest state data.

The number of those patients in intensive care Saturday was 11, up two from Friday.

As recently as March 1, 220 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a coronavirus infection, 35 of whom were in ICU, according to the Riverside University Health System.

The latest numbers come one day after the RUHS reported six additional deaths related to the virus.

The RUHS updates COVID-19 data on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Officials said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020 is 597,674. According to the RUHS, a total 6,474 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the past 24 months.

The fatalities are 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, based on available data, was 2,548 as of Friday, down four from the previous day. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 597,674 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 588,652.

The RUHS does not report COVID data on weekends.

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