RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The day after the largest single-day spike in coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials today announced another 92 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County, but no new deaths.
The county’s totals now stand at 3,735 cases and 141 fatalities, according to the Riverside University Health System.
Officials on Monday announced 23 new virus-related deaths, a jump attributed to fatalities that occurred as far back as April 21, according to RUHS spokesman Jose Arballo.
“On Monday we usually have our largest numbers,” he told City News Service. “We’re catching up from the weekend, and other parts of the prior week, as well.”
According to the latest figures from the RUHS, 220 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 countywide as of Tuesday afternoon, an increase of two from Monday. Of those, 73 were being treated in an intensive care unit, eight fewer than Monday.
Confirmed recoveries in Riverside County were at 1,303 as of Tuesday.
The updated figures come as the year’s first heat wave continues to bear down on the Inland Empire, raising concerns about those confined indoors without air conditioning.
County health officials eased pool usage guidelines Friday for those seeking relief, allowing swimmers to enjoy private pools, like those at motels, apartment and condominium complexes and country clubs. However, only one swimmer is allowed in pools at a time under the new rules. Gatherings in pool areas remain barred, unless a parent is watching a child in the water.
Officials also urged senior citizens to remain in their homes with the air conditioning turned up, adding that the Riverside County Office of Aging is prepared to help seniors pay their utility bills.
Temperatures on Tuesday ranged from the low 90s west of the mountains to the mid-triple digits in the Coachella Valley, where an excessive heat warning was in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists said another spike into the 90s for most of the region is predicted Wednesday, as a ridge of high pressure builds over the region.
The county’s public health officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, said last week that cases are growing at a much slower rate, telling the Riverside County Board of Supervisors that “targeted” removals of restrictions tied to the COVID-19 emergency may continue in the coming weeks.
All county residents are eligible for coronavirus screenings if they make appointments over the phone in advance.
Figures show 45,417 people have been tested at five RUHS-run sites — in Blythe, Indio, Lake Elsinore, Perris and Riverside, although the Blythe location was open temporarily for four days.