COVID-19 report: Vaccinations ramp up, county experiences record numbers of deaths

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COVID-19 vaccination doses sit in a tray before the doses are given to any seniors 65-years-old or older at the Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, Jan. 16. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
As Riverside County was hit hard by COVID-19 related deaths over the week, Friday, Jan. 8, to Friday, Jan. 15, however, some good news spread through communities as people ages 65 and older began getting vaccinated against the virus Thursday, Jan. 14. During that week, almost 300 people died because of the coronavirus (299) with 71 of those deaths attributed to residents of southwest Riverside County. In that same time span, 26,058 people in Riverside were said to have contracted the virus with 5,831 of those located in southwest Riverside County cities and communities. Riverside University Health System said there were 16,815 recoveries from the virus and 165,830 people were tested during that time span. On a positive note, or attributed to the high number of fatalities over t
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