COVID hospitalizations drop, no new deaths reported

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Riverside County dropped and no new deaths connected to the virus were reported Friday, Oct. 23, while the overall case count increased by 371.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 65,757, compared to 65,386 on Thursday, according to the Riverside University Health System.
The agency said the number of COVID-positive hospitalizations totals 161, compared to 176 a day ago. The number includes 39 intensive care unit patients — two less than Thursday.
Officials said the number of deaths believed to be tied to COVID-19 remains 1,279.
The number of known active cases countywide is 5,626, up 121 since Thursday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 65,757 — according to the County Executive Office. The number of verified patient recoveries is 58,852.
The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday reclassified the county in the “purple tier,” the most restrictive under the governor’s color-coded coronavirus regulatory scheme, meaning some businesses that had reopened in recent weeks are required to close again, though the compliance level was unknown. The designation impacts gyms, restaurants, movie theaters and places of worship.
According to county staff, CDPH administrators decided that, based largely on low testing volumes, the county should be reduced from the red tier to the purple tier for at least three weeks. The county had been in the red for a month, permitting many businesses to reopen with limited capacities. More information is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
“We have been through this situation before, and we have the tools to get back into the red tier,” county Supervisor Manuel Perez said.