The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County has increased by five people to 43, according to the latest state data released Sunday.
Of those patients, eight were being treated in intensive care, unchanged from Saturday’s total.
One month ago, 42 people were hospitalized throughout the county with COVID-19, five of whom were ICU patients, according to Riverside University Health System data.
On Friday, RUHS officials said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded in the county since the pandemic period began in March 2020 is 602,444 — an increase of 1,789 since the previous Friday.
The RUHS said a total 6,525 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the past 26 months, up from 6,512 the previous week. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to officials.
Health officials have said that the majority of people who die of COVID complications have underlying conditions, mainly hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
The number of known active virus cases in the county, based on available data, was 1,590 as of Friday, compared to 1,434 one week ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 602,444 – – according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are now 594,329.
The RUHS does not report COVID data on weekends.