Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside County Public Health officials Monday, Aug. 24 reported 1,262 new cases of COVID-19 and 45 deaths since Friday, bringing the total number of cases within the county to 50,744 since the county began recording data. 

Day by day, the county reported 602 new cases on Saturday, 448 on Sunday, and 212 on Monday.

The total number of people that have died from the virus since the county began now sits at 972. On Saturday the county reported 25 deaths on Saturday, one on Sunday and another 19 on Monday. 

There were 28 fewer people hospitalized with the virus since Friday, for a new total of 224 hospitalizations. The county reported 82 of those patients were in intensive care units, one less than before the weekend started.

Overall, 28,407 people have recovered from the virus, 1,615 more than the Friday before, the county has tested 491,918 residents for the virus, 11,372 more over the weekend.

The county reported that there were 374 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,615 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Both experienced new case growth a little more than in previous weeks. 

Locally, Temecula added 30 cases (907), Murrieta added 20 (1,004), Wildomar added 15 (493), Lake Elsinore added 42 (1,062), Canyon Lake added two (82), Menifee added 34 (1,191), Hemet added 37 (1,472), and San Jacinto added 20 (997).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (12), East Hemet added 5 (281), French Valley added nine (265), Lakeland Village added six (192), Valley Vista added six (195), and Winchester added one new case (19).

Temecula added one more death over the weekend and, to date, nine people have died from the virus in the city. There have been 20 deaths from Murrieta, 13 from Wildomar, 17 from Lake Elsinore, one from Canyon Lake, 16 from Menifee, 44 from Hemet, 19 from San Jacinto, none from Anza, four from East Hemet, one from French Valley, one from Lakeland Village, four from Valle Vista and none from Winchester. 

Hemet added six new deaths, San Jacinto two and Valle Vista one.

The number of known active virus cases countywide is 21,365, or 398 fewer than Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 50,744 — according to the County Executive Office.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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