COVID-19 surge continues with 5,967 new cases, 45 deaths in first week of 2021

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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 New Year’s Eve to Friday, Jan. 8, southwest Riverside County reported 5,967 new COVID-19 infection cases and 45 deaths over the same time span. The totals may be a little off because Riverside County reported there were issues with accuracy in the state of California’s reporting system early in the week. Countywide, 27,288 new coronavirus cases over that same time period with 233 deaths. The county also reported 15,855 more people had recovered from the virus. Hospitalizations continued to increase with 184 more people listed as being treated for the virus in facilities and 74 more in intensive care units. The total number of patients in the hospital with coronavirus stood at 1,1,648 and 370 in the ICU as of Friday, both the highest totals recorded since the county began
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