The number of COVID-positive patients in Riverside County hospitals dropped by 34 people to 113, according to the latest state numbers.

Of those patients hospitalized as of Saturday, 20 were being treated in intensive care, down one from the previous day’s total.

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

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

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 deaths weren’t classified as stemming directly from an infection, co-morbidities, or possible adverse reactions to the vaccines. Health officials have said that the majority of those who die with COVID-19 are elderly or have underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or hypertension.

Figures for December will be available this 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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