Riverside County reports 12 more COVID-19 deaths, additional hospitalizations


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County health officials Friday, Nov. 13 reported a dozen additional deaths connected to the coronavirus, raising the county’s virus-related death toll to 1,367, as the number of hospitalizations continued to edge up.
The 12 newly confirmed virus-related deaths include patients who were between 66 and 87 years old, according to Riverside University Health System spokesman Jose Arballo, who added that the fatalities occurred as far back as Sept. 29.
Officials additionally reported Friday 639 newly confirmed cases, bringing the aggregate number of infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March to 74,180, compared to 73,541 on Thursday, RUHS data shows.
COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to trend upward as well. There were 15 additional hospitalizations reported countywide on Friday, bringing the total to 286, which includes 65 intensive care unit patients — two fewer than the day before.
By comparison, there were 208 COVID-positive hospitalizations reported last Friday.
The new figures come days after County Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that virus-related hospitalizations “continue to trend up.”
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 8,445, an increase of 459 from a day earlier. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total of 74,180, according to the County Executive Office. The number of verified patient recoveries is 64,368.
The countywide testing rate is now 232.9 per 100,000.
The county’s overall COVID-19 positivity rate is at 6.7%, compared to 5.9% two weeks ago.