The number of people diagnosed and hospitalized with coronavirus in Riverside County dropped below 50 in the last week, according to the Riverside University Health System.
A comparison of RUHS data over the last seven days shows that COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide dropped from 52 to 42, with five patients under intensive care as of Friday, compared to nine in the ICU on April 1.
One month ago, 155 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a coronavirus infection, 30 of whom were ICU patients.
Officials said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 598,245.
According to RUHS, a total 6,484 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 24 months. A week ago, the figure was 6,474. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to officials.
The number of known active virus cases in the county, based on available data, is 2,082, compared to 2,548 one week ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 598,245 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are now 589,679.