The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Riverside County rose by 430 Wednesday, with four additional deaths attributed to complications stemming from the virus, the Riverside University Health System said.
The county’s total number of COVID-19 infections since the public health documentation period began in early March is now 48,630. According to the RUHS, the total number of deaths tied to COVID-19 stands at 917.
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 21,721, a drop of 61 from Tuesday, figures showed. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 48,630 — according to the county Executive Office. The number of verified patient recoveries is 25,992.
The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.
According to the RUHS, 301 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, up one in the last day. Hospitalizations include 97 patients in intensive care units.
One week ago, the number of hospitalizations was 335, with 106 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in ICU beds. A month ago, the figures were 507 and 131, 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 the greatest number of coronavirus-related hospital admissions 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.
According to Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari, nearly two-thirds — 63% — of all deaths coded as COVID-19 have been 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.