RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Coronavirus cases in Riverside County will grow — possibly doubling every four to five days — and deaths stemming from viral complications could rise 125 times the current figure in the next month, based on Riverside University Health System estimates released today.
"We're trying to change the curve and slow down the rate of infection,'' RUHS Dr. Geoffrey Leung said during a news briefing at the county's Emergency Operations Center in downtown Riverside. "But based on forecasting and modeling ... there could be a doubling of the rate of COVID-19 infection every four to five days ... If we stay on the same doubling rate, (by early May) we could have over 1,000 deaths and 50,000 new cases.''
Leung said he based his estimates on local approximations and nationwide