Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

For the second day in a row, Riverside County recorded a single-day record in new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, announcing that 1,377 new cases were identified.

Thursday’s total is more than 520 more new cases than the previous one-day high of 845 new cases, which was reported on Wednesday. 

In addition, Riverside County also reported 18 new deaths associated with the virus, which brings the total number of deaths from the virus to 533 since the county began recording data back in early March.

The 18 new deaths are the second-highest number of deaths every recorded by the county. The county suffered a record high of 20 deaths Tuesday, July 7. 

Seven more people were hospitalized overnight, for a new total of 513. The county reported 117 of those patients were in intensive care units, five less than the day before. 

Overall, 9,246 people have recovered from the virus, 174 new recoveries than the day before, and so far, the county has tested 272,981 residents, 4,368 since yesterday. 

Locally on Thursday, Murrieta saw the highest number of new cases, with 32 more than reported the day before and 430 cases and 10 deaths overall. 

Temecula added 31 (392 cases/0 deaths), Wildomar added 13 (183/5), Lake Elsinore added 26 new cases (407/10), Canyon Lake added five (32/0), Menifee added 21 (451/6), Hemet added 26 (588/26), and San Jacinto added 24 (415/7).

In local communities, Anza saw no new cases (6/0), East Hemet added six new cases (109/1), French Valley added eight new cases (127/0), Lakeland Village added four (71/1), Valley Vista added five (77/0), and Winchester still has two confirmed cases of the virus and zero deaths.

The county reported that there were 258 confirmed cases in county jails, one more than yesterday, and 1,080 cases recorded in state prisons with 11 new cases since yesterday.