Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 490 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 14 new deaths. In all, 38,977 have tested positive for the virus and 752 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March. 

Health officials cautioned Monday, Aug. 3 that not all newly confirmed cases were included in the county’s daily report due to a reporting error by the state.

“A delay in case counts from the state is reflected in today’s numbers, so we expect to see significant increases next week to catch up on the delayed data,” wrote county health officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, on Twitter. “This will not impact data for deaths or hospitalizations.”

The county reported 608 people have recovered from the virus overnight and there were 39 fewer people in the hospital, 411 total. But, there are currently 134 people currently being treated in ICUs for the virus, one more than the day before. 

The county reported that there were 303 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,233 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

The county reported that 378,977 have been tested so far, 3,459 more than the day before. 

Locally, Temecula added 12 new cases (704), Murrieta added nine (759), Wildomar added 12 (345), Lake Elsinore added 10 (795), Canyon Lake added one (56), Menifee added 20 (907), Hemet added 18 (1,042), and San Jacinto added 17 (719).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (10), East Hemet added 14 (212), French Valley added four (205), Lakeland Village added two (140), Valley Vista added one (139), and Winchester added none (10).

So far, three people have died from Temecula, 16 from Murrieta, six from Wildomar, 15 from Lake Elsinore, 13 from Menifee, 33 from Hemet, 11 from San Jacinto, two from East Hemet, one from French Valley, Lakeland Village, and Valle Vista, and none from Canyon Lake, Anza, or Winchester. 

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 17,538, which is down from Tuesday’s figure of 17,670. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the County Executive Office.

Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the board that District 4 also has the highest proportion of coronavirus-related deaths. She said nearly two-thirds — 63% — of all COVID-19 deaths countywide were correlated to underlying conditions, principally chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease.

Most of the county’s deaths stemming from complications tied to COVID-19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, Saruwatari said.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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