Worst COVID-19 week on record for southwest Riverside County

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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
In the weeklong tracking of COVID-19 pandemic data, Riverside County set records across the board, but none of them were positive when it came to the spread of the virus, with new cases, deaths and hospitalizations continuing to climb. From Friday, Dec. 11, to Friday, Dec. 18, Riverside County reported 28,112 new coronavirus cases and 171 deaths. Since the county began recording data associated with the virus, 141,062 have become infected and 1,744 residents have died from COVID-19. As of Friday, there were 1,092 people in Riverside County hospitals being treated for the virus and 224 in intensive care units. That made 283 more in the hospital and 54 more in the ICU than the Friday before. The county had performed 136,447 coronavirus tests over the past week and 1,968 people had r
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