Fewer than 200 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties for the first time since July, according to state data released Thursday, March 3.
As of Wednesday, March 2, Riverside County had 194 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals, less than half the number of patients it had two weeks ago.
Neighboring San Bernardino County has seen a similar drop in hospitalizations in recent weeks.
On Wednesday, 171 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in San Bernardino County.
The last day both Inland counties had fewer than 200 hospitalizations was July 23, 2021.
Hospitalizations rose through the summer before dropping in the fall.
Following the emergence of the omicron variant, however, hospitals began treating scores of new COVID-19 patients in the winter and especially in the new year, with Riverside County topping out at 1,109 on Jan. 18 and San Bernardino County hitting a peak 1,265 on Jan. 21.
The number of people battling the disease in Inland hospitals has steadily fallen in the weeks since.
San Bernardino County leaders on Tuesday declared the local coronavirus public health emergency over, though the Board of Supervisors subsequently declared a new emergency related to the county’s emergency medical system.
As the two-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic approaches, Riverside County leaders are pondering ending their local emergencies.
All this on the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom revealing a plan to treat coronavirus as an endemic rather than a pandemic and relaxing the mask mandate in schools.