Riverside County health officials have reported 710 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and one additional death.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March now stands at 48,200, with 913 deaths, according to the Riverside University Health System.
Riverside County has the second-highest number of cumulative cases and deaths in California, behind only Los Angeles County.
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 21,782, an increase of 1,107 from Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 48,200 — according to the county Executive Office.
The number of confirmed patient recoveries is 25,505. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.
According to RUHS, 300 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, four more than on Monday. Hospitalizations include 89 patients in intensive care units, or one fewer than Monday.
One week ago, the number of coronavirus hospitalizations was reported to be 358, with 112 of those patients in ICU beds. A month ago, the figures were 535 and 130, respectively.
Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors earlier this month that the county had “seen a downward trend in hospitalizations,” with both general COVID-positive hospitalizations and ICU referrals trending lower.
According to Barton, the greatest number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations are in District 4, which encompasses the Coachella Valley. 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 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.
The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 38 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.