Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 806 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and eight deaths due to the virus since Tuesday, the most reported by the county since the outbreak began. 

In all, 28,177 have tested positive for the virus to date and 585 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March.

The county reported 158 people have recovered from the virus overnight and there were 17 fewer people in the hospital, 531 total. There are currently 134 people currently being treated in ICUs for the virus, seven fewer since the day before. 

Locally, Temecula added 17 cases (497). Murrieta added 19 (562), Wildomar added five (241), Lake Elsinore added 22 (546), Canyon Lake added one (37), Menifee added 33 (597), Hemet added 30 (704), and San Jacinto added 13 (504).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (7), East Hemet added seven (144), French Valley added nine (156), Lakeland Village added one (86), Valley Vista added three (91), and Winchester added one more case (6).

So far, one person has died from Temecula, 11 from Murrieta, five from Wildomar, 10 from Lake Elsinore, none from Canyon Lake, nine from Menifee, 30 from Hemet, eight from San Jacinto, none from Anza, two from East Hemet, one from French Valley, one from Lakeland Village, none from Valle Vista, and none from Winchester. 

The county reported that there were 260 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,179 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

On Tuesday, the county reported that 300,972 have been tested so far, 3,334 more than the day before, 

The known active COVID-19 case count is 17,321, up 640 from Wednesday, figures showed. According to the county Executive Office, the active case count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current cumulative total, 28,177.

The number of confirmed patient recoveries is 10,271, officials said. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days.

County Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the average positivity rate for those screened for the virus countywide is at 20%, more than double the preferred state threshold of 8%.

“The high positivity rate is something we continue to watch,” Saruwatari said.

She said the doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is at 23.7 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

According to Saruwatari, there have been notable “shifts” in infections impacting different age groups. One was the 18-39 year-old block, which in May comprised 36% of both symptomatic and asymptomatic diagnoses.

Saruwatari said the group made up 47% of cases in June.  

“The shift to a younger age group is concerning to us,” she said, urging all residents to take precautions to safeguard against exposure.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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