Riverside County reports 306 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths Wednesday

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County health officials reported 306 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and two additional virus-related deaths Wednesday, Oct. 28, along with a drop in hospitalizations connected to COVID-19.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 67,299, compared to 66,993 on Tuesday, according to the Riverside University Health System. The virus-related death toll now stands at 1,305, officials said.
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 5,822, up 41 from Tuesday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 67,299 — according to the county Executive Office. The number of verified patient recoveries is 60,172.
Virus-related hospitalizations countywide dropped by 18 overnight to 148. This total includes 32 intensive care unit patients, a decline of 26 from Tuesday’s figures.
RUHS spokesman Jose Arballo said a glitch in the county’s hospital data showed an artificially inflated ICU hospital bed total on Tuesday, which has since been corrected.
All COVID-19 hospitalization counts are currently at or below levels reported in April.
Riverside County’s coronavirus positivity rate has climbed to 5.6% amid a significant increase in the volume of people being tested countywide, health officials told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
According to Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari, the county’s testing rate has reached 221.6 per 100,000, compared to 195.5 per 100,000 a week ago. The state’s threshold for large counties is 239.1 per 100,000.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of effort to increase testing in the county,” Saruwatari said, happy with the development.
With the increase in screening, however, there has been a proportional rise in positive results. The state-adjusted 5.6% positivity rate compares to an overall rate of 5.2% last week. Additionally, the daily COVID-19 case rate is now 10.1 per 100,000 under the California Department of Public’s Health criteria. The previous rate calculated by the state was 9.1 per 100,000.
The agency last Tuesday reclassified the county in the “purple” tier, the most restrictive under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s color-coded coronavirus regulatory framework, meaning some businesses that had reopened in recent weeks were required to close again. The designation impacts gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, and places of worship.