The overall number of patients hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County fell 23% this week, the third straight week of a documented double-digit percentage drop, the Riverside University Health System said.

A week-to-week comparison of data showed COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide totaled 127, compared to 165 previously. There were 22 patients under intensive care, compared to 18 at the end of last week.

One month ago, 236 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 27 of whom were ICU patients.

On Friday, 147 people were hospitalized with 21 being treated in intensive care, according to the latest state data.

The RUHS said the total number of deaths from likely virus-related complications over the last 34 months stands at 6,788 — the same figure reported a week ago.

RUHS figures 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, revised 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 next week.

Health officials said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020 is 728,514.

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