Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 931 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 20 new deaths due to the virus since Tuesday. In all, 32,813 have tested positive for the virus and 637 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March.

The county reported 244 people have recovered from the virus overnight and there six more people in the hospital, 534 total. But, there are currently 155 people currently being treated in ICUs for the virus, a dozen more since the day before. 

The county reported that there were 278 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,213 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

On Tuesday, the county reported that 341,567 have been tested so far, 5,762 more than the day before, 

Locally, Temecula added 12 new cases (583), Murrieta added 15 (636), Wildomar added 12 (277), Lake Elsinore added 25 (650), Canyon Lake added one (45), Menifee added 12 (726), Hemet added 23 (837), and San Jacinto added 24 (595).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (7), East Hemet added six (166), French Valley added three (170), Lakeland Village added two (105), Valley Vista added one (111), and Winchester added one (8).

So far, two people have died from Temecula, 13 from Murrieta, five from Wildomar, 10 from Lake Elsinore, none from Canyon Lake, 10 from Menifee, 30 from Hemet, nine from San Jacinto, none from Anza, two from East Hemet, one from French Valley, two from Lakeland Village, none from Valle Vista or Winchester. 

Health officials said the number of confirmed patient recoveries is 11,514. The county defines a recovery as someone who hasn’t manifested symptoms for 14 days.

Out of all the patients being treated in Riverside County, only one is from neighboring Imperial County, the site of a coronavirus outbreak that overwhelmed the county’s two hospitals, forcing some patients to be transferred to Riverside County.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, said Monday the county is in the midst of a surge, and that surge should not be blamed on Imperial County.

“We are experiencing a real local community spread surge that requires real local community awareness and responsibility to stop the surge,” Ruiz, who is also an emergency room doctor, posted on Facebook. “Blaming the surge on Imperial County patients is not based on evidence and the misinformation diminishes the urgency and need to take local public health precautions that will help our local community stop the surge.”

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. Most of the county’s infections are in the 25 to 44 age group.

Friday morning, county officials will join representatives from several nonprofits to announce the distribution of 10 million masks countywide as part of a local virus containment strategy. There will also be an update on the work of the Riverside County Economic Recovery Task Force, which was formed by the Board of Supervisors to identify ways of aiding the private sector amid the ongoing public health regulations that have forced many businesses to shut down.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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