RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Riverside County grew by 249 Wednesday, the lowest daily increase since July 19 when 160 infections were reported.
The total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the county since the public health documentation period began in early March now stands at 36,159. Of those cases, 12,656 people have recovered from the virus.
The COVID-19 death toll was reported at 682 countywide, the RUHS data show. Fatalities reported Wednesday occurred as far back as July 24, RUHS spokesman Jose Arballo told City News Service.
Most of the county's fatalities stemming from complications tied to COVID-19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, while most of the infections occurred in people between the ages of 25 and 44, according to health officials.
As of Wednesday, RUHS data show 13,959 infections and 30 deaths in the 25- to 44-year-old age bracket (since reporting began in March). People 65 and older account for 484 of the county's COVID-19 deaths (339 of the deaths were people between the ages of 65 and 84), yet only 3,935 people in this age group are among the county's total positive cases.
The 45- to 64-year-old age group shows 10,142 total infections and 164 deaths, the data show.
According to RUHS, 490 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 — three higher than Tuesday. The hospitalizations include 153 patients in intensive care units, which represents 10 more since Tuesday's reporting.
Three inmates are among the hospitalized, according to Riverside County Emergency Management Department data. There are zero Imperial County residents reported among the county's hospitalizations.
The number of people screened for the virus stands at 362,559 countywide.
Health officials said that between 118,000 and 175,400 county residents might have been infected by the coronavirus at some point since COVID- 19 reached the county, citing preliminary results of a recent randomized antibody test study.
The study was conducted over two weekends this month and involved 1,726 randomly selected people. Read more about the study here.