Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside County Public Health officials Monday, Aug. 31 reported 1,049 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths since Friday, bringing the total number of cases within the county to 52,277 since the county began recording data. 

Day by day, the county reported 417 new cases on Saturday, 327 on Sunday, and 305 on Monday.

The total number of people that have died from the virus since the county began now sits at 1,019. On Saturday the county reported nine deaths on Saturday, one on Sunday and two on Monday. 

There were 13 fewer people hospitalized with the virus since Friday, for a new total of 210 hospitalizations. The county reported 73 of those patients were in intensive care units, 11 less than before the weekend started.

Overall, 43,387 people have recovered from the virus, 2,174 more than the Friday before, the county has tested 522,708 residents for the virus, 15,992 more over the weekend.

The county reported that there were 385 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,715 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Prisons have experienced significant case growth in the past week. 

Locally, Temecula added 19 cases (947), Murrieta added 15 (1,059), Wildomar added three (513), Lake Elsinore added 17 (1,110), Canyon Lake added two (86), Menifee added 46 (1,265), Hemet added 39 (1,557), and San Jacinto added 14 (1,033).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (12), East Hemet added three (299), French Valley added eight (289), Lakeland Village added four (202), Valley Vista added 10 (212), and Winchester added no new cases (19).

Temecula added no new deaths over the weekend and, to date, nine people have died from the virus in the city. There have been 21 deaths from Murrieta, 14 from Wildomar, 18 from Lake Elsinore, one from Canyon Lake, 17 from Menifee, 50 from Hemet, 21 from San Jacinto, none from Anza, five from East Hemet, one from French Valley, one from Lakeland Village, four from Valle Vista and none from Winchester. 

The number of known active cases countywide is 8,503, a decline of 1,137 since last week. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 52,909 — according to the County Executive Office. 

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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