The overall number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County barely budged this week, though the number of patients under intensive care dropped to the lowest level in months, the Riverside University Health System said Friday.

A comparison of data over the last seven days showed that COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide totaled 118, up from 116 a week ago, with seven patients in the ICU, compared to 11 previously.

The last time the ICU patient count was below eight occurred at the beginning of May.

One month ago, 168 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 27 of whom were ICU patients.

Among those hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis in August, according to preliminary RUHS estimates, 40% were fully vaccinated with a SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic. Data showed that the same percentage of vaccinated people died while hospitalized and confirmed positive for COVID, though the deaths weren’t classified as stemming directly from an infection, co-morbidities, or possible adverse reactions to the vaccines.

Health officials said that the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 691,630.

According to the agency, in the last 30 months, a total 6,608 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded.

Some of RUHS’ figures were revised down this month following internal analyses.

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