Riverside County records 22,920 new COVID-19 cases, 101 deaths last week

Health care workers conduct testing for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
More than 100 Riverside County residents died and 22,920 positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded recently by the Riverside University Health System from Monday, Dec. 7, through Friday, Dec. 11, in the biggest one-week surge the county has experienced since the pandemic began. For southwest Riverside County cities and communities, the numbers were record-breaking as well with 3,775 new coronavirus cases recorded and 16 deaths in the region. Meanwhile, 809 people were hospitalized with the virus countywide, and 170 of them in intensive care units. The county said 700 people were in the hospital Monday and 658 the Friday, Dec. 4. People being treated in the ICU rose by 34 with numbers fluctuating throughout the week but starting with 146 Monday. On Wednesday, the county recorded 28
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