COVID-19 patient count rises, number of virus-related deaths also up


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The number of coronavirus infections in Riverside County rose to 12,778 on Friday, 311 more than Thursday, and the number of deaths attributed to the virus edged up to 410, two more than yesterday, according to the Riverside University Health System.

The infection data covers the period going back to early March and includes patients who have since recovered.

Officials said the ascending numbers stem from a combination of factors, including additional cases being reported in long-term care facilities and state prisons, and the possibility that some of the protests in recent weeks yielded infections.

Currently, 291 people are hospitalized countywide and receiving treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, 76 of whom are in intensive care units.

The number of documented patient recoveries stands at 6,625.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered all residents to wear face coverings in almost all settings outside their homes to help slow the spread of the virus. The statewide mandate requires residents to wear masks in “high- risk situations,” which cover virtually all scenarios outside the home.