Only 249 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths reported by county Wednesday


Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside University Health System reported 249 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 10 new deaths. In all, 36,159 have tested positive for the virus and 682 people have died since the county began recording data back in early March. 

The county reported 167 people have recovered from the virus overnight and there were three more people in the hospital, 490 total. But, there are currently 153 people currently being treated in ICUs for the virus, 10 more than the day before. 

The county reported that there were 291 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,236 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. 

The county reported that 361,065 have been tested so far, 4,891 more than the day before. 

Locally, Temecula added six new cases (646), Murrieta added six (707), Wildomar added four (312), Lake Elsinore added one (727), Canyon Lake added one (53), Menifee added four (826), Hemet added 10 (932), and San Jacinto added three (660).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (9), East Hemet added two (186), French Valley added one (189), Lakeland Village added twp (119), Valley Vista added two (123), and Winchester added none (10).

So far, three people have died from Temecula, 14 from Murrieta, five from Wildomar, 13 from Lake Elsinore, 12 from Menifee, 33 from Hemet, nine from San Jacinto, two from East Hemet, one from French Valley and Lakeland Village, and none from Canyon Lake, Anza, Valle Vista or Winchester. 

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 22,821, an increase of 72 from a day earlier. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total, according to the County Executive Office.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is nearly 28 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

Most of the county’s fatalities stemming from complications tied to COVID-19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, while most of the infections occurred in people between the ages of 25 and 44, according to health officials.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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