RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Riverside County health officials reported another 163 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths Wednesday, as well as a slight uptick in hospitalizations.
Meanwhile, its neighbor to the south — San Diego County — is eyeing its increasing case rate.
Latest Riverside County Numbers
The cumulative number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March now stands at 54,735, along with 1,085 deaths, according to the Riverside University Health System - Public Health.
There are now 185 patients hospitalized countywide for treatment of the virus, up 10 from Tuesday. That figure includes 62 people in intensive care units — two more than the previous day.
The number of verified patient recoveries is 48,761. A recovery is defined as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.
The number of coronavirus tests conducted stands at 556,173.
State Date For Riverside, San Diego Counties
On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a four-tier, color-coded system that's used to assess the speed at which to loosen public health regulations impacting businesses. Riverside County remains in the purple, or worst, tier, requiring many indoor businesses to remain shut down or substantially limit capacity.
In order for Riverside County to move to the next level, the red tier, and open more industry sectors, it has to document fewer than seven new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people on a rolling seven-day average, and the positivity testing rate must be less than 8 percent in the same period.
Orange and San Diego are the only Southern California counties that have moved into the red tier.
As of Wednesday, state data show Riverside County's case rate stands at 8.6 and its positivity rate at 7.8 percent.
Even though San Diego County moved ahead in the state's COVID-19 framework, it finds itself regressing. As of Wednesday, the number of new cases per 100,000 people reached 7.9 and the percentage of positive tests was 4.3.
The bump in new cases per 100,000 could force San Diego to close recently opened businesses.
Each Tuesday, the state unveils which counties move up or down in the tiered framework.
Additional information about the state's formula can be found at www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.
Read more here about what can reopen in the red tier, and what's allowed to be open in the purple tier.