Riverside County health officials Tuesday reported 128 additional coronavirus deaths and 16,537 newly confirmed infections.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 250,436, compared to 233,899 on Friday, according to the Riverside University Health System.
The county’s coronavirus death toll rose to 2,645. The fatalities reported Tuesday span from Dec. 7 to Jan. 17, according to RUHS spokesman Jose Arballo. Virus-related fatalities continue to be trailing indicators because delays processing death certificates often stretch back over several weeks.
Tuesday’s figures include data from over the weekend and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.
Hospitalizations countywide were at 1,524 Friday, a drop of 39 from Friday. That includes 344 intensive care unit patients — nine fewer than Friday. Hospitalization figures have steadily been dropping since early last week.
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 78,672, a drop in 1,564 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 250,436 — according to the county Executive Office.
Verified patient recoveries countywide rose by 17,617 over the holiday weekend, up to 169,119.
Meanwhile, Riverside County reported that a recent state warning regarding a particular batch of the Moderna vaccine is not expected to impact the county’s vaccination efforts.
The state warned providers to stop administering doses from the batch due to a “higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions.”
San Diego County health officials confirmed last week that a half-dozen health care workers who were inoculated at the vaccination center at Petco Park had suffered allergic reactions.
In Riverside County, health officials said the Moderna vaccine doses being used at county-run vaccination clinics scheduled for this week are not from that batch.
Officials also said that shipments of vaccine distributed from the county to private providers countywide are also not thought to be from the affected batch.
Adverse reactions at both county-run vaccine clinics and private entities within Riverside County have so far been rare, officials said.
“We are checking with our partners, and at this time, we have not found any within Riverside County providers. We are also not aware of providers that have seen adverse reactions. We continue to see that adverse reactions are rare,” county Executive Office spokeswoman Brooke Federico said.
According to the state, more than 330,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were included in the affected lot, and they were distributed to 287 locations across California. The 330,000 doses are roughly 10% of the 3.2 million doses the state has received overall from Moderna and Pfizer.
No other significant issues with allergic reactions have occurred at any other location where the affected lot was distributed, according to the state. It was not clear which other locations received the affected doses.
Riverside County’s overall COVID-19 positive rate is 25.8%, based on state-adjusted figures.
The 11-county Southern California region’s ICU availability officially remains at 0%.
The regional ICU bed metric is a key benchmark under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order, which went into effect on Dec. 6. The order was triggered when ICU bed availability across Southern California fell below 15%.
The mandate is expected to remain in effect until bed availabilities recover.
The current stay-at-home order impacts bars, theaters, museums, hair salons, indoor recreational facilities, amusement parks and wineries — all of which are supposed to remain closed.
Restaurants are confined to takeout and delivery, with capacity limitations on retail outlets.
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