COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths rise by end of last week

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COVID-19 testing is available at the Grace Mellman Community Library in Temecula from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Hospitalizations and deaths continued to rise at the end of last week as Riverside County braces for a possible threat of moving back into the purple tier due to poor numbers reported to the state. On Friday, Oct. 9, Riverside County health officials reported 408 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, along with eight additional virus-related deaths. Also Friday, the number of county residents in the hospital due to COVID-19 jumped by 10 overnight to 145, a number that hasn’t been reached since before Sept. 25. There were 39 county residents in intensive care units as well. The aggregate number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March stood at 61,824, compared to 61,416 the day before, according to the Riverside University Hea
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