Coronavirus cases spike after holiday weekend in Riverside County

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Temecula residents listen to speakers at the Open Temecula rally Saturday morning, May 23, in front of Temecula City Hall. The speakers wanted the city go further than the accelerated opening guidelines that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo
Riverside County announced on Memorial Day that the county had registered the highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases since they began keeping track almost two months ago. Health officials reported three days’ worth of data, showing 88 new cases Saturday, May 23, 180 Sunday and 272 Monday. As of Monday night, cases countywide had passed the 7,000 mark. Two new deaths also were reported, bringing the total to 292. To date, 4,211 people have recovered from the virus, 194 people were hospitalized with 64 in intensive care units. Brooke Federico, a representative for the Riverside University Health System, said Mondays typically see larger bumps in cases because labs are reporting a backlog of positive tests. She also said it was important to pay attention to the hospitaliz
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