Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Nine of the 31 deaths reported Monday, Aug. 17 by Riverside County Public Health officials were local residents and the county reported 1,828 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the total number of cases within the county to 47,490 since the county began recording data. 

Day by day, the county reported 679 new cases on Saturday, 409 on Sunday, and 740 on Monday.

The total number of people that have died from the virus since the county began now sits at 912. On Saturday and Sunday, the county reported the total at 906, 25 more than the day before, and another six residents died on Monday. 

There was 18 fewer people hospitalized with the virus since Friday, for a new total of 296 hospitalizations. The county reported 90 of those patients were in intensive care units, one less than before the weekend started.

Overall, 24,931 people have recovered from the virus, 1,242 more than the Friday before, the county has tested 462,493 residents for the virus, 22,144 more over the weekend.

The county reported that there were 341 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,535 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Both experienced new case growth a little more than in previous weeks. 

Locally, Temecula added 30 cases (840), Murrieta added 22 (936), Wildomar added 28 (457), Lake Elsinore added 20 (977), Canyon Lake added five (76), Menifee added 31 (1,114), Hemet added 63 (1,363), and San Jacinto added 41 (927).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (11), East Hemet added 11 (264), French Valley added 1 (240), Lakeland Village added one (179), Valley Vista added 8 (184), and Winchester added one new case (10).

Temecula added two more deaths over the weekend and, to date, eight people have died from the virus in the city. There have been 20 deaths from Murrieta, 11 from Wildomar, 17 from Lake Elsinore, one from Canyon Lake, 16 from Menifee, 38 from Hemet, 26 from San Jacinto, none from Anza, three from East Hemet, one from French Valley, one from Lakeland Village, three from Valle Vista and none from Winchester. 

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 19,265, an increase of 733 from Friday, according to figures. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the overall case — 41,983 — according to the County Executive Office. 

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 22,889, an increase of 1,797 from Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 47,490 — according to the County Executive Office.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com