Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 326 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and five new deaths throughout the county. In all, 48,956 have tested positive for the virus and 922 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March. 

The county reported 390 people have recovered from the virus overnight, while there were 34 fewer people hospitalized — a total of 267. There are 90 people being treated in ICUs for the virus, seven fewer than the day before.

Thursday’s hospitalization figure was the lowest reported since June 17, when 257 confirmed coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Riverside County hospitals. At that time, local businesses were reopening under stage 3 of the governor’s four-stage de-regulation framework, but another round of restrictions were instituted amid a dramatic rise in infection rates.

The county reported that there were 367 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,587 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Prisons showed an increase of 17 new cases overnight. 

The county reported that 474,861 have been tested so far, 3,850 more than the day before. 

Locally, Temecula lost a case from its total (865), Murrieta added six (971), Wildomar added three (472), Lake Elsinore added 10 (1,009), Canyon Lake added one (78), Menifee added 12 (1,151), Hemet added 15 (1,418), and San Jacinto added 11 (965).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (12), East Hemet added three (275), French Valley added six (250), Lakeland Village added none (185), Valle Vista added none (187), and Winchester added none (17).

Eight people have died from Temecula, 20 from Murrieta, 11 from Wildomar, 17 from Lake Elsinore, one from Canyon Lake, 16 from Menifee, 38 from Hemet, 16 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 21,652, a drop of 69 from Wednesday, according to RUHS figures. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 48,956 — according to the county Executive Office.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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