The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County dropped below 50 in the last week, and those with virus symptoms who are under intensive care remained below 10, according to the Riverside University Health System.

A comparison of RUHS data over the last seven days showed that COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide fell from 55 to 44, with seven patients in the ICU as of Friday, compared to six on April 22.

One month ago, 57 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 10 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 600,655.

RUHS said that a total 6,512 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the last 25 months. A week ago, the figure was 6,507. 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 1,434, compared to 1,361 one week ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 600,655 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are now 592,709.

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