The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County dropped back below 200 this week, accompanied by a decline in the number of virus-related intensive care unit admissions, the Riverside University Health System said Thursday.

A week-to-week comparison of data showed COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide totaled 196, compared to 228 previously. Twenty patients were under intensive care, compared to 28 at the end of last week.

One month ago, 142 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 12 of whom were ICU patients.

According to RUHS, the total number of deaths from likely virus-related complications over the last 32 months stands at 6,738. The figure posted last week was 6,694. There have been multiple revisions to the mortality table over the last three months as a result of an ongoing data reassessment by the California Department of Public Health.

RUHS figures show that, among those who died while hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis in October, 42% had received the full SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic. That compares to 44% who died in September after receiving the complete regimen, according to data. The total number of fatalities in October was 12, and in September, 16.

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

November figures are slated to be released next week.

Health officials said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 is 717,576.

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