Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Five of southwest Riverside County’s cities record reports of new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Only one of the eight incorporated cities in the area, Canyon Lake, saw no new cases overnight. 

For the third day in a row, Riverside County recorded a single-day record in new cases of COVID-19, announcing that 1,431 new cases on Friday. The county also reported only four deaths on Friday, far fewer than the 18 reported on Thursday. 

Overall, 24,765 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 537 people have died from the virus since the county began recording data back in early March.

Locally on Thursday, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore saw the highest number of new cases, with 43 more than reported the day before. Murrieta has recorded 473 cases and 10 deaths, while Lake Elsinore has reported 450 cases and 10 deaths as well. 

Temecula added 28 (420 cases/0 deaths), Canyon Lake added no new cases (32/0), and San Jacinto (439/7) added 24 new cases, five short of its single-day record. 

Wildomar added 15 (198/5) which is a one day record for the city, Menifee (492/7) and Hemet (629/27) each added 41 new cases, also one-day records for each.

In local communities, Anza saw no new cases (6/0), East Hemet added 10 new cases (119/1), French Valley added four new cases (131/0), Lakeland Village added two (73/1), Valley Vista added six (83/0), 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 and 1,107 cases recorded in state prisons with 27 new cases since Thursday.