RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The number of COVID-positive patients in Riverside County hospitals Friday dropped by 51 patients compared to one week ago, but COVID-related deaths reported over the last seven days tallied 105, health officials reported.
According to the Riverside University Health System, COVID hospitalizations countywide were at 1,004 Friday, down by 51 patients from a week ago. The total includes 171 ICU patients, up by one since last Friday.
Some COVID-positive patients in local hospitals didn't know they were infected until they checked in to get treatment for some other ailment and were tested for the virus, health officials have confirmed. Regardless, COVID-positive patients have put a strain on the health care system. The patients require resource-intensive transmission-based precautions, including isolation rooms, cohorted staff and personal protective equipment, all of which put a high burden on hospitals that are already short on staff.
The total number of COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began stood at 5,835 Friday in Riverside County, according to RUHS. One week ago, the COVID death toll was reported at 5,730. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to health officials.
The total number of COVID cases recorded in the county since the pandemic began in March 2020 was at 447,469 on Friday, an increase of 13,404 new cases over the last seven days.
In Riverside County, 59.8 percent of all residents 5 years of age and older are fully vaccinated. Countywide, kids ages 5-11 are far less likely to be fully vaccinated — just 13.3 percent — compared to 75.5 percent of residents ages 65 and older. For more information on vaccination in Riverside County, click here.