The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County edged up slightly, as did the number of intensive care unit admissions, according to the Riverside University Health System.

A week-to-week comparison of data Thursday showed COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide totaled 87, compared to 79 seven days ago. Six of those patients were under intensive care, compared to two ICU patients last week — the lowest count for the year.

One month ago, 65 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, five of whom were ICU patients.

According to RUHS, the total number of deaths from likely virus-related complications over the past 31 months stands at 6,660, unchanged from a week ago. The figure was 6,543 six weeks ago, after being revised down 1% as a result of a data reassessment by the California Department of Public Health, which is ongoing.

RUHS released final data last week showing that, among those who died while hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis in September, 47% were fully vaccinated with a SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic. That compares to 21% who died in August after being fully vaccinated, according to data. The total number of fatalities in September was 15, and in August, 24.

The deaths weren’t classified as stemming directly from an infection, co-morbidities, or possible adverse reactions to the vaccines.

October figures are slated to be released at the end of this month.

Health officials said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 700,602.

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