Riverside County Public Health officials reported Monday that 1,105 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, following a week that saw the highest number of cases over the course of a week since the county began to track data on the virus.
The number of new deaths reported in the county over the weekend is seven and a total of 486 people have died from the virus since the county began recording data.
Also, 33 more people were hospitalized with the virus since Friday, for a new total of 495 hospitalizations. The county reported 130 of those patients were in intensive care units, 10 more than before the weekend started.
Overall, 8,711 people have recovered from the virus, and so far, the county has tested 259,183 residents for the virus. The county tested 13,838 people over the holiday weekend, after averaging more than 4,000 new tests per day in the week prior.
Locally on Monday, Hemet saw the highest number of new cases, with 33 more than reported the day before and 528 cases overall. The city has also suffered 25 deaths, the highest number in southwest Riverside County.
Temecula added 22 (334 cases), Murrieta added 30 (356), Wildomar added 9 (144), Lake Elsinore added 21 new cases (328), Canyon Lake added none (26), Menifee added 26 new cases (396), and San Jacinto added 29 (376).
To date, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta have suffered 10 deaths from the virus, Wildomar five, Menifee six, San Jacinto seven. Temecula has lost no residents to the virus thus far.
In local communities, Anza saw no new cases (6), East Hemet added three new cases (91), French Valley added five new cases (106), Lakeland Village added none (64), Valley Vista added 11 new cases (70), and Winchester still has two confirmed cases of the virus.
Only East Hemet has lost a resident to the virus.
The county reported that there were 256 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,069 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Both numbers indicated minimal growth.
Gov. Gavin Newsom last week implemented a ban on indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, family entertainment centers, cardrooms, theaters and museums in what he termed a precautionary move to address the “particularly concerning” spike in infections in 19 counties on the state’s “watch list.”
On Monday, the number of counties on the state’s list increased to 23.
The new state mandate barring indoor activities at those venues is slated to last three weeks.
Bars countywide were also ordered closed last week under a new public health order. They had been allowed to reopen on June 12, after having previously been shut down as part of the governor’s stay-at-home order issued March 19.
Health officials said there are higher COVID-19 exposure risks in bars.
The county publishes updated data each weekday at https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.
City News Service contributed to this report.