COVID cases continue to climb in RivCo, hospitalizations up again


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Coronavirus cases remained in an uptrend in Riverside County Friday, Dec. 11, but the rate of expansion slowed compared to earlier in the week, with COVID-positive hospitalizations also continuing to climb.
The Riverside University Health System announced another 1,897 infections Friday, increasing the cumulative total since the public health documentation period began in early March to 112,950, up from 111,053 on Thursday.
Friday’s case total was roughly half the amount of documented infections RUHS announced on Thursday, and less than a quarter of the volume confirmed on Tuesday, when nearly 11,000 infections were reported — a record number attributed to a data backlog that officials said has since been resolved.
Another 22 deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported Friday, lifting the county total to 1,573.
COVID-positive hospitalizations countywide rose to 809, up from 775 on Thursday, including 170 intensive care unit patients, one less than a day earlier.
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 41,787, an increase of 1,961 compared to Thursday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 112,950 — according to the County Executive Office.
The number of verified patient recoveries is 70,040. That figure has previously been under-reported due to health officials not being able to confirm the status of patients in follow-up interviews.
Riverside County’s overall state-calculated positivity rate is 14.8%, up from 7.7%  last week.
The 11-county Southern California region’s available ICU capacity dropped to 6.2% today, down from 7.7% Thursday.