RIVERSIDE (CNS) - On the day a new statewide mandate kicked in that requires mask-wearing in all indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status, Riverside County announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 11 to 331, while the number of those patients in intensive care was 78, down three from Tuesday. The Riverside University Health System also said the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded in the county since the pandemic began in March 2020 rose by 602 since Tuesday, reaching 384,685. A total of 5,523 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the county in the past 20 months. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can go back weeks, according to health officials. The number of
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