The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County fell this week, coinciding with a significant drop in the number of active virus cases countywide, the Riverside University Health System announced.

A comparison of data over the last seven days showed that COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide totaled 116 as of Friday, down from 146 a week ago, with 11 patients in the ICU, compared to 12 previously.

One month ago, 180 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 15 of whom were ICU patients.

Among those hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis in July, 35% were fully vaccinated with a SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic, and 2% were partially vaccinated, according to county public health figures. Vaccination status data for August was expected to be released next week.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last 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.

RUHS said that the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 695,041.

According to the agency, in the last 30 months, a total 6,665 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded. The fatality count a week ago was 6,653.

The number of known active virus cases in the county, based on available data, is 3,699, compared to 4,609 a week ago. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 695,041 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are now 684,677.

The county does not report COVID data on weekends.

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