RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Another 196 confirmed coronavirus cases and 13 additional COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday, Aug. 27, but Riverside University Health System data showed the active case count continuing its downward trend.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 51,734, compared to 51,538 on Wednesday, according to RUHS.
Officials said the total number of deaths tied to COVID-19 stands at 997, up from 984 a day ago.
Meantime, the number of known active cases countywide is 9,414, a decline of 371 compared to Wednesday, when officials acknowledged that the number of patient recoveries had been under-reported previously due to a lack of contact with some patients more than month after they were diagnosed.
The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 51,734 — according to the county Executive Office. The number of verified patient recoveries is 41,323. A recovery is defined as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.
Officials said 226 people were hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 as of Thursday, one more than a day ago, with 81 of those patients in intensive care units.
One week ago, the number of hospitalizations was reported to be 267, and a month ago, 488.
Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that hospitals countywide are being polled daily to accurately gauge data, which he termed “very solid.”
“We are at the lowest point since early June for (COVID-19) hospitalizations,” Barton said.
Health officials also notified the board that with the county now below the California Department of Public Health threshold of 200 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population, which requires ongoing restrictions, public and private schools can apply for waivers that permit in-class instruction. Two have been approved by the county Department of Public Health, and a dozen more are under review. All will require state sign-offs.