Riverside County cases, hospitalizations and deaths down as U.S. passes 500,000 coronavirus deaths

Riverside County cases, hospitalizations and deaths down as U.S. passes 500,000 coronavirus deaths

Even as more than half a million people have died of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, infection, death and hospitalization rates continue to fall in Riverside County.

On Monday, Feb. 22, the White House announced that President Joe Biden will order all flags on federal property to be lowered to half-staff to commemorate the 500,000 deaths caused by the virus that causes COVID-19.

As of Monday, Riverside County has recorded an average of 344 new cases per day over the past week, down from a seven-day average of 4,352 as of Jan. 25, four weeks ago. In the week ending Monday, there were an average of 20.0 deaths per day from COVID-19, down from a seven-day average of 48.6 deaths as of Jan. 25. And as of Sunday, Feb. 21 — hospitalization figures always run a day behind — there were 441 county residents hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 1,265 residents hospitalized on Jan. 25.

Here are the numbers as of Monday, Feb. 22, according to state and county public health officials.

Riverside County

Confirmed cases: 287,822 total, up 288 from Friday, Feb. 19, averaging 344 reported per day in the past week

Deaths: 3,664 total, up 31 from Friday, averaging 20.0 reported per day in the past week

Hospital survey: 441 confirmed and 51 suspected patients hospitalized Sunday, including 132 confirmed and five suspected patients in the ICU, with 20 of 21 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is down 23.4% from a week earlier.

Tests: 2,428,946 total, up 26,178 from Friday, averaging 12,461 reported per day in the past week

Recovered cases: 265,635 total, up 5,747 from Friday, averaging 2,751 per day in the past week

Vaccinations: The county says 385,522 doses have been administered to Riverside County residents.

Reopening plan tier: Purple (widespread risk level; many nonessential indoor business operations are closed) based on these metrics as of Tuesday, Feb. 16:

New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 29.2

Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 28.8

Test positivity rate: 11.0% (11.8% in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods)

What’s next: To advance to the red tier and reopen more businesses, Riverside County would need an adjusted case rate of 7.0 or below and both positivity rates below 8.0% for two consecutive weeks.

To see a map and list of cases, deaths and per-capita rates by community, click here.

By BEAU YARBROUGH | byarbrough@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: February 22, 2021 at 4:56 p.m. | UPDATED: February 22, 2021 at 4:56 p.m.

	
		

												
						
					
							
						
								
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