County changes how COVID-19 cases are counted, jump by nearly 800 over weekend

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Sharde Hairston, LVN, sanitizes a chair before conducting a COVID-19 test at Grace Mellman Community Library in Temecula. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The news came down Monday, June 15, from Riverside County health officials indicating that there were 795 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and one more death, bringing the total number of 11,285 cases and 384 deaths countrywide. The Riverside University Health System said 382 of the newly reported cases were confirmed Sunday, marking the second-largest one-day total since the first locally acquired coronavirus case was reported March 8. The largest one-day uptick – 384 cases – was reported Tuesday, June 8, right about the time it was announced that the county would be changing the way they report coronavirus-related statistics. According to Jose Arballo Jr., senior public information specialist for the Riverside County Department of Public Health, said the change was necessary f
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