The number of known active coronavirus cases in Riverside County stood at 18,532 as of the end of last week, with a death of toll of 799, according to health officials.

The aggregate number of cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 40,452, compared to 39,741 on Thursday.

Riverside County only releases updated COVID-19 statistics Monday through Friday.

The number of confirmed patient recoveries is 21,121 as of Friday. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

According to RUHS, 409 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, with 125 patients in intensive care units.

On Tuesday, Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors that the county had “seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for the past 10 days.”

“In the prior week, we were (averaging) 475 in the hospital each day,” he said. “But we’ve steadily seen COVID-positive hospitalizations go down. ICU utilization has also leveled off and come down slightly.”

The greatest number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations are in District 4, which encompasses the Coachella Valley, Barton said.

Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage has seen the heaviest demand for COVID-19 treatment, requiring a 19-person federal medical team to assist on-site staff, the EMD director said.

Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the board that District 4 also has had the highest proportion of coronavirus-related deaths. She said nearly two-thirds — 63% — of all deaths coded as COVID-19 were correlated to underlying conditions, principally chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease.

Most of the county’s fatalities stemming from complications tied to COVID-19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, Saruwatari said.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 32 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

Earlier this week, county officials confirmed that in-person sports activities are permitted, but physical distancing and safety protocols must be in place.

Tournaments, events and games indoors that require close contact among participants are not allowed.

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