Riverside County reports drastic increase in coronavirus recoveries

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – More than 12,000 newly confirmed coronavirus patient recoveries were reported in Riverside County Wednesday, Aug. 27 as a result of a new way in how the county calculates these figures.
The number of people in the county who were at one point infected with the virus but have since recovered now totals 40,769, compared to 28,407 reported on Tuesday, according to the Riverside University Health System.
“We needed to change the way recoveries are calculated to include all cases that RUHS-Public Health has been unable to reach after 45 days of attempted follow-up,” said Jose Arballo, an RUHS spokesman. “Sometimes this happens as a result of missing or changed contact information, or when the patient doesn’t answer or call back.”
The county defines a recovery as not manifesting symptoms for 14 days.
Health officials also reported 338 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and six additional deaths, bringing the totals recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March to 51,538 cases and 984 deaths.
The new recovery numbers drastically lowered the amount of active coronavirus cases thought to be lingering in Riverside County, which now stands at 9,785, a decrease of 12,030 compared to Tuesday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 51,538 — according to the County Executive Office.
RUHS officials said 225 people were hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, up three from a day earlier, with 79 of those patients in intensive care units, down one from the previous day.