Southwest Riverside County sees 4,624 new cases, 31 deaths over week

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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
From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve, southwest Riverside County reported 4,624 new COVID-19 infection cases and 31 deaths over the same time span. The totals may be a little off because Riverside County reported Thursday, Dec. 31, only 16 new cases over the day before, which they said was due to an error in the state of California’s reporting system. “We are working to correct the issue, and the correct figures will be reported as soon as the issue is resolved,” Jose Arballo, representative for the Riverside University Health System, said. Despite the glitch, the county reported 22,443 new coronavirus cases over that same time period with 156 deaths. By catching up on some reporting, the county also reported 44,034 more people had recovered from the virus. Hospitalizat
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