The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County has increased by 22 people to 145, according to the latest state data.

The number of those patients hospitalized as of Saturday who are in intensive care increased by two to 21.

Overall hospitalization numbers from the virus have been declining this month, according to the Riverside University Health System.

A comparison of data over the previous seven days showed that COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide were at 123 as of Friday, down from 168 a week ago, with 21 patients under intensive care, compared to 27 previously.

One month ago, 225 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 27 of whom were ICU patients, the RUHS said.

Among those hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis in July, 35% had been fully vaccinated with a SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic, and 2% had been partially vaccinated, according to county public health figures.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month announced revised guidance, dropping some measures previously recommended for states and localities, including asymptomatic testing and that a person self-quarantine if exposed to someone with an infection. The changes do not make a distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated.

The RUHS said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 688,535.

According to the agency, in the past 29 months, a total 6,643 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded. The fatality count from the previous week was 6,635.

The number of known active virus cases in the county, based on available data, is 4,971, compared to 4,692 a week ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 688,535 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are now 676,921.

The county does not update COVID data on weekends.

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