Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 526 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and five new deaths throughout the county. In all, 49,482 have tested positive for the virus and 927 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March. 

The county reported 410 people have recovered from the virus overnight, while there were 15 fewer people hospitalized — a total of 252. There are 81 people being treated in ICUs for the virus, nine fewer than the day before.

Friday’s hospitalization figures were the lowest in more than a month with 50 fewer people being treated over two days. Prior to Thursday, hospitalizations had been trending down, but not to such an extreme degree. 

Valley News reached out to Senior Public Information Specialist Jose Arballo Jr. for comment regarding the drop in hospitalizations and he said he would ask county public health officials for an explanation. 

The county reported that there were 370 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,589 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

The county reported that 480,546 have been tested so far, 5,685 more than the day before. 

Locally, Temecula added 12 new cases (877), Murrieta added 13 (984), Wildomar added six (478), Lake Elsinore added 11 (1,020), Canyon Lake added two (80), Menifee added six (1,157), Hemet added 17 (1,435), and San Jacinto added 12 (977).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (12), East Hemet added one (276), French Valley added seven (257), Lakeland Village added one (186), Valle Vista added two (189), and Winchester added none (18).

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, 17 from San Jacinto, none from Anza, four 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 21,763, an increase of 111. 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