Riverside County coronavirus hospitalizations fall below 80

Riverside County coronavirus hospitalizations fall below 80

The number of people treated in Riverside County hospitals for confirmed coronavirus infections stood at 77 on the weekend.

That’s the lowest total in nearly 13 months.

The state reported 77 Riverside County hospitalizations Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25. It marked the third time in four days that fewer than 80 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

One must go all the way back to March 30, 2020 — the second day of record keeping — to find fewer people in Riverside County hospitals with confirmed cases. There were 60 patients known to have the disease then, state data show.

The amount of serious COVID-19 illness has declined substantially as well.

There have been fewer than 20 virus-sickened people in intensive care units on seven of the past 10 days, state data show. The only other time there were fewer than 20 such patients was on March 29, 2020 — the first day of the hospital survey.

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

Riverside County

Confirmed cases: 298,001 total, up 120 from Friday, April 23, averaging 97 reported per day in the past week

Deaths: 4,559 total, no change from Friday, averaging four reported per day in the past week

Hospital survey: 77 confirmed and 20 suspected patients hospitalized Sunday, including 17 confirmed and one suspected patient in the ICU, with 19 of 21 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is down 9% from a week earlier.

Tests: 2,909,693 total, up 19,831 from Friday, averaging 7,148 reported per day in the past week

Recovered cases: 291,739 total, up 257 from Friday, averaging 108 per day in the past week

Vaccinations*: Riverside County residents have received 1,408,388 doses, with 305,857 people partially vaccinated and another 572,024 fully vaccinated, as of Sunday. The number of residents who have received at least one dose is up 50,064 from a week earlier.

Reopening plan tier: Orange (moderate risk level; some indoor business operations are open with modifications) based on these metrics as of Tuesday, April 20:

New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 4.5

Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 4.5

Test positivity rate: 2.3% (2.9% 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 | ddowney@scng.com and NIKIE JOHNSON | nijohnson@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: April 26, 2021 at 4:41 p.m. | UPDATED: April 26, 2021 at 4:41 p.m.


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