Riverside County’s COVID-19 positivity rate falls below 10%

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Health care worker conducts testing for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped below 10% in Riverside County – the lowest in almost three months – and coronavirus hospitalizations continue to fall, while an additional 18 virus-related deaths were reported Friday, Feb. 26. The Riverside University Health System reported Tuesday, Feb. 23, that the state-adjusted positivity rate, which is based on test results over rolling seven-day periods, is down to 7.6%, compared to 11% last week. The last time that metric hovered below 10% was in the first week of December, according to figures. Coronavirus-positive hospitalizations stood at 361 Friday, compared to 441 on Monday, and that includes 96 intensive care unit patients, six fewer than Thursday, RUHS said. ICU bed availability countywide increased to 12%, though the
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