Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 723 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and one new death. In all, 35,910 have tested positive for the virus and 672 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March. 

The county reported 312 people have recovered from the virus overnight and there was one less person in the hospital, 487 total. But, there are currently 143 people currently being treated in ICUs for the virus, three less than the day before. 

The county reported that there were 289 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,235 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

The county reported that 361,065 have been tested so far, 4,891 more than the day before. 

Locally, Temecula added 13 new cases (640), Murrieta added 22 (701), Wildomar added 5 (309), Lake Elsinore added 13 (726), Canyon Lake added one (52), Menifee added 22 (822), Hemet added 20 (922), and San Jacinto added 13 (657).

In local communities, Anza added one new case (9), East Hemet added five (184), French Valley added three (188), Lakeland Village added none (117), Valley Vista added four (121), and Winchester added none (10).

So far, three people have died from Temecula, 13 from Murrieta, five from Wildomar, 13 from Lake Elsinore, none from Canyon Lake, 12 from Menifee, 33 from Hemet, nine from San Jacinto, none from Anza, two from East Hemet, one from French Valley and Lakeland Village, and none from Valle Vista or Winchester. 

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 22,749, an increase of 410 from a day earlier. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the County Executive Office.

Health officials said that between 118,000 and 175,400 county residents might have been infected by the coronavirus at some point since COVID-19 reached the county, citing preliminary results of a recent randomized antibody test study.

The study was conducted over two weekends this month and involved 1,726 randomly selected people.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 25 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

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

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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