COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths spike in Riverside County

Health care workers conduct coronavirus testing at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Riverside County health officials reported 24 deaths related to COVID-19 since Friday, Oct. 23, while also seeing a spike in hospitalizations from the virus over the past week and a half.On Friday, Oct. 30, just ahead of the Halloween weekend, county officials reported 498 newly diagnosed coronavirus cases since the day before and 13 additional virus-related deaths, marking the largest one-day increase in reported fatalities in nearly two months.Friday’s reported deaths occurred as far back as Sept. 24, according to Jose Arballo, representative of RUHS, said.There were 150 patients infected with coronavirus being treated in county hospitals, one more than Thursday, and the figure included 33 intensive care unit patients, two fewer than the day before.In the Friday report,
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