Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 526 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, Aug. 25, and six new deaths throughout the county. In all, 51,200 have tested positive for the virus and 927 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March. 

The county reported zero people have recovered from the virus overnight, while there were two fewer people hospitalized — a total of 222. There are 79 people being treated in ICUs for the virus, two fewer than the day before.

“We are polling hospitals every single day,” county Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

“The data on hospitalizations is very solid. We are at the lowest point since early June for (COVID-19) hospitalizations.”

One week ago, the number of hospitalizations was reported to be 300, and a month ago, the figure was 523.

“Hospitals are now seeing an increase in non-COVID patients, as some of the hospitals are gaining back their capabilities to ratchet up elective surgeries,” the EMD director said.

The county reported that there were 375 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,618 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

The county reported that 495,955 have been tested so far, 4,037 more than the day before. 

Locally, Temecula added 12 new cases (919), Murrieta added 10 (1,014), Wildomar added four (497), Lake Elsinore added 10 (1,072), Canyon Lake added none (82), Menifee added 17 (1,208), Hemet added 31 (1,503), and San Jacinto added five (1,002).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (12), East Hemet added five (286), French Valley added five (270), Lakeland Village added one (193), Valle Vista added one (196), and Winchester added none (19).

Nine people have died from Temecula, 20 from Murrieta, 13 from Wildomar, 18 from Lake Elsinore, one from Canyon Lake, 16 from Menifee, 46 from Hemet, 20 from San Jacinto, none from Anza, four from East Hemet, one from French Valley, one from Lakeland Village, four from Valle Vista and none from Winchester. 

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 21,815, an increase of 450, figures showed. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 51,200 — according to the County Executive Office. 

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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