One-third of Riverside County residents of all ages are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
State data show that 823,557 residents had received all of their COVID-19 shots as of Wednesday, May 26, which amounts to 33.4% of the county’s population.
Riverside County lags behind most of California in percentage of fully protected residents, including the neighboring counties of Orange (43.9%) and Los Angeles (42.1%). San Bernardino County, which just passed 30%, has a lower rate, according to the data.
More than 1 million Riverside County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Coronavirus hospitalizations, meanwhile, are stabilizing at record-low levels.
For the sixth day in a row, fewer than 50 people were treated for confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in Riverside County hospitals, state data show. The number of patients stood at 40 on Wednesday, the most recent day for which numbers were available.
Here are the latest numbers as of Wednesday, according to county and state public health officials.
Confirmed cases: 300,631 total, up 81 from Wednesday, averaging 63 reported per day in the past week
Deaths: 4,608 total, no change from Wednesday, averaging one reported per day in the past week
Hospital survey: 40 confirmed and 17 suspected patients hospitalized Wednesday, including seven confirmed and no suspected patients in the ICU, with 19 of 21 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is down 32% from a week earlier.
Tests: 3,107,173 total, up 6,458 from Wednesday, averaging 5,779 reported per day in the past week
Recovered cases: 294,910 total, up 104 from Wednesday, averaging 86 per day in the past week
Vaccinations: Riverside County residents have received 1,799,264 doses, with 202,057 people partially vaccinated and another 823,557 fully vaccinated, as of Wednesday. The number of residents who have received at least one dose is up 31,535 in the past week.
Reopening plan tier: Orange (moderate risk level; some indoor business operations are open with modifications) based on these metrics as of Tuesday:
New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 2.5
Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 2.5
Test positivity rate: 1.5% (1.6% in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods)
What’s next: To advance to the yellow tier where more businesses can open or expand capacity, the county would need an adjusted case rate below 2.0 and a positivity rate below 2.0% for the whole county and 2.2% in disadvantaged neighborhoods for two consecutive weeks, and to have been in the orange tier for three weeks. Riverside County moved to the orange tier April 6. If metrics get worse, the county could move back into the more restrictive red tier.
For information on cases and deaths by community in Riverside County, click here.By DAVID DOWNEY | firstname.lastname@example.org | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: May 27, 2021 at 4:43 p.m. | UPDATED: May 27, 2021 at 4:43 p.m.