COVID-19 numbers flatten out heading into Christmas

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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 data compiled from Friday, Dec. 18, through Thursday, Dec. 24, Riverside County seemed to be leveling off as far as new cases and deaths are concerned, and the pace of new hospitalizations has slowed, so too the pace of people being admitted to the intensive care unit, according to the Riverside University Health System. Riverside County health officials did not provide updated COVID-19 numbers Friday, Dec. 25, due to the Christmas holiday. Since Dec. 18, 17,408 people tested positive for the virus over six days, down from the week before, in which more than 28,000 people were positive over a seven-day span. It means the county was averaging just 2,841 new case reports per day last week instead of the more than 4,000 per day it was averaging the previous week. Since Dec. 18, th
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