Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 607 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 29 new deaths throughout the county. In all, 43,983 have tested positive for the virus and 853 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March. 

In all, seven people died from southwest Riverside County cities and communities overnight. One person died in Temecula, Lake Elsinore, and East Hemet. Wildomar and Menifee suffered two deaths in each city. 

In a note posted on the county’s coronavirus data website, the county explained “the figures displayed for ‘Confirmed’ COVID-19 cases, case rates, positivity rates, doubling time, and number of tests do not accurately reflect the current situation.”

However, deaths, hospitalizations, and the number of people in ICU units are accurate and current. 

The county reported 472 people have recovered from the virus overnight, while there 23 fewer person hospitalized — a total of 335. There are 106 people being treated in ICUs for the virus, six fewer than the day before.

The county reported that there were 325 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,472 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Both are minimal increases. 

The county reported that 421,273 have been tested so far, 6,897 more than the day before. 

Locally, Temecula added 14 new cases (776), Murrieta added 21 (869), Wildomar added seven (410), Lake Elsinore added 19 (908), Canyon Lake added one (68), Menifee added 16 (1,038), Hemet added 24 (1,243), and San Jacinto added 14 (841).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (11), East Hemet added four (237), French Valley added 3 (233), Lakeland Village added five (170), Valle Vista added one (166), and Winchester added two (12).

So far, five people have died from Temecula, 18 from Murrieta, nine from Wildomar, 16 from Lake Elsinore, 16 from Menifee, 37 from Hemet, 14 from San Jacinto, three from East Hemet, one each 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 20,277, an increase of 106 from Tuesday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 43,983 — according to the County Executive Office.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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