The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County crept higher this week, accompanied by a marginal increase in the number of virus-related intensive care unit admissions, the Riverside University Health System said.

A week-to-week comparison of data showed COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide totaled 255, compared to 236 previously. There were 31 patients under intensive care, compared to 27 at the end of last week.

One month ago, 232 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 28 of whom were ICU patients.

As of Friday, there were 252 people hospitalized in the county with COVID-19 and 28 being treated in intensive care, according to the latest state data.

RUHS said the total number of deaths from likely virus-related complications over the last 33 months stands at 6,748. Last week’s figure was 6,738. There have been multiple revisions to the mortality table over the last four months as a result of an ongoing data reassessment by the California Department of Public Health.

RUHS figures released last week showed that, among those who died while hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis in November, 36% had received the full SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic. Health officials revised October data, which previously showed 42% of those who died while hospitalized with an infection had received the complete injection regimen. However, new data indicated that it was, like November, 36%. That compares to 44% who died in September.

The total number of fatalities in November was 28, in October, 14, and in September, 16, according to RUHS.

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

Figures for December will be available 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 723,578.

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