711 new coronavirus cases, 29 new deaths in Riverside County

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County health officials today reported another 711 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 29 additional coronavirus deaths.

The aggregate number of cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 40,452, compared to 39,741 on Thursday, and the death toll rose to 799.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 18,532, an increase of 335 from Thursday, according to figures. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 40,452 — according to the county Executive Office.

The number of confirmed patient recoveries is 21,121. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

According to RUHS, 409 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, six less than Thursday. Hospitalizations include 125 patients in intensive care units.

Locally, Temecula added six new cases (721), Murrieta added 11 (779), Wildomar added 12 (371), Lake Elsinore added 18 (836), Canyon Lake added one (61), Menifee added 20 (953), Hemet added 41 (1,107) and three new deaths (37), and San Jacinto added 23 (756).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (10), East Hemet added three (219), French Valley added one (210), Lakeland Village added four (150), Valle Vista added two (141) and one new death(2), and Winchester added none (10).

So far, three people have died from Temecula, 17 from Murrieta, seven from Wildomar, 15 from Lake Elsinore, 13 from Menifee, 37 from Hemet, 13 from San Jacinto, two each from East Hemet and Valle Vista, one each from French Valley and Lakeland Village, and none from Canyon Lake, Anza, or Winchester.

On Tuesday, Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors that the county had “seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for the past 10 days.”

“In the prior week, we were (averaging) 475 in the hospital each day,” he said. “But we’ve steadily seen COVID-positive hospitalizations go down. ICU utilization has also leveled off and come down slightly.”

According to Barton, the greatest number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations are in District 4, which encompasses the Coachella Valley. Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage has seen the heaviest demand for COVID-19 treatment, requiring a 19-person federal medical team to assist on-site staff, the EMD director said.

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

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

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 32 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

Earlier this week, county officials confirmed that in-person sports activities are permitted, but physical distancing and safety protocols must be in place.

Tournaments, events and games indoors that require close contact among participants are not allowed.

City News Service contributed to this report.