764 new coronavirus cases, 18 new deaths in Riverside County

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Riverside University Health System reported 764 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 18 new deaths. In all, 38,977 have tested positive for the virus and 752 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March.

Thursday’s number of new cases was much higher than the 490 new cases reported the day before.

Thursday’s reported deaths occurred between June 19 and Aug. 1, according to Jose Arballo, an RUHS spokesman.

The county reported 87 people have recovered from the virus overnight, while there were four additional people hospitalized — a total of 415. There are 128 people being treated in ICUs for the virus, six fewer than Wednesday.

The county reported that there were 309 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,453 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

The county reported that 380,581 have been tested so far, 1,604more than the day before.

Locally, Temecula added 11 new cases (715), Murrieta added nine (768) and one new death (17), Wildomar added 14 (359) and one new death (7), Lake Elsinore added 23 (818), Canyon Lake added four (60), Menifee added 26 (933), Hemet added 24 (1,066) and one new death (34), and San Jacinto added 14 (733) and two new deaths (13).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (10), East Hemet added four (216), French Valley added four (209), Lakeland Village added six (146), Valle Vista added none (139), 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, 34 from Hemet, 13 from San Jacinto, two 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 17,538, which is down from Tuesday’s figure of 17,670. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the County Executive Office.

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

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

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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