Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside County Public Health officials Tuesday, Sept. 8 reported 585 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths since last Friday, bringing the total number of cases within the county to 54,572 since the county began recording data. 

Day by day, the county reported 181 new cases on Saturday, 198 on Sunday, none on Monday, and 206 on Tuesday.

The total number of people that have died from the virus since the county began now sits at 1,075. The county reported no deaths on Saturday, six on Sunday, none on Monday, and two on Tuesday

There were 10 fewer people hospitalized with the virus since Friday, for a new total of 175 hospitalizations. The county reported 60 of those patients were in intensive care units, three less than before the weekend started.

Overall, 48,118 people have recovered from the virus, 2,128 more than the Friday before, the county has tested 553,128 residents for the virus, 11,342 more over the weekend.

The county reported that there were 391 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,813 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Prisons have experienced significant case growth in the past week. 

“We continue to see good news on hospitalizations,” Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton said to Riverside County Supervisors last Tuesday. “There has been an ongoing significant decrease from the peak.”

“At our peak (in July), we were at 550 hospitalizations with 170 in the ICU. We’re down significantly.”   

He did not anticipate a change in the trend anytime soon, but acknowledged that the county’s 17 acute care medical facilities are preparing for a possible second wave surge of COVID-19 cases in the fall — in addition to a possible common flu outbreak similar to what occurred in 2018.

“We are working with the hospitals, but from our perspective, the flu mainly attacks the emergency room,” Barton said. “It will not overwhelm hospital capacity.”

Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the board that the county remains in the “purple, most restrictive” tier, requiring many indoor businesses to remain closed or substantially limit capacity.

“Our positivity and case rates are coming down,” Saruwatari said. “We have to make sure we’re not fluctuating up and down between tiers.”

In order for the county to move to the next level, the red tier, it has to document less than 7 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population on a rolling seven-day average, and the positivity testing rate must be less than 8% in the same period.

Riverside County began including a count of the recoveries in each city and community and Valley News has reformatted the report to make the numbers easier to read and interpret. 

The current number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries by city and community:

Temecula
Confirmed Cases: 982
Deaths: 10
Recovered: 873

Murrieta
Confirmed Cases: 1,116
Deaths: 21
Recovered: 996

Wildomar
Confirmed Cases: 530
Deaths: 14
Recovered: 450

Lake Elsinore
Confirmed Cases: 1,172
Deaths: 19
Recovered: 1,029

Canyon Lake
Confirmed Cases: 91
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 74

Menifee
Confirmed Cases: 1,360
Deaths: 23
Recovered: 1,133

Hemet
Confirmed Cases: 1,597
Deaths: 56
Recovered: 1,351

San Jacinto
Confirmed Cases: 1,056
Deaths: 22
Recovered: 945

Anza
Confirmed Cases: 14
Deaths: 0
Recovered: 13

East Hemet
Confirmed Cases: 316
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 263

French Valley
Confirmed Cases: 299
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 260

Lakeland Village
Confirmed Cases: 204
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 181

Valle Vista
Confirmed Cases: 219
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 183

Winchester
Confirmed Cases: 19
Deaths: 0
Recovered: 17

Daily updates and more information on coronavirus in Riverside County can be found on the county’s website, https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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