First deaths reported in Temecula, French Valley

Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside County Public Health officials reported Monday 983 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, following a week that saw the highest number of cases over the course of a week since the county began to track data on the virus. 

The number of new deaths reported in the county over the weekend is 13 and a total of 550 people have died from the virus since the county began recording data.

Also, 15 fewer people were hospitalized with the virus since Friday, for a new total of 511 hospitalizations. The county reported 139 of those patients were in intensive care units, 23 more than before the weekend started.

Overall, 9,711 people have recovered from the virus, exactly 1,000 more than the Monday before, and so far, the county has tested 289,362 residents for the virus, 12,728 over the weekend.

Locally on Monday, Menifee saw the highest number of new cases, with 30 more than reported over the weekend and 522 cases overall. The city has also suffered seven deaths overall. 

Temecula suffered its first death from the virus and added 20 cases over the weekend for a total of 440. Murrieta added 24 (497), Wildomar added 13 (211), Lake Elsinore added 19 new cases (469), Canyon Lake added one new case (26), Hemet added 15 new cases (644), and San Jacinto added 13 (452).

One more person in Hemet and Murrieta died over the weekend due to the virus. 

In local communities, Anza saw one new case (7), East Hemet added four new cases (123), French Valley added eight new cases (139), Lakeland Village added two (75), Valley Vista added two (85), and Winchester added one more case (3).

East Hemet has lost two residents to the virus, French Valley lost its first resident over the weekend and Lakeland Village has also lost one resident total to the virus. 

The county reported that there were 259 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,156 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Both numbers indicated minimal growth. 

The known active COVID-19 case count is 15,487, up 626 from the end of last week, figures showed. According to the county Executive Office, the active case count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current cumulative total — 25,748.

The number of confirmed patient recoveries is 9,711, officials said. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days.

The seven-day average positivity rate — the daily percentage of people who are tested and turn out to be positive for the virus — is just under 16% in the county.

City News Service contributed to this story.