Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside County Public Health officials reported Monday 1,120 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the total number of cases within the county to 38,131 since the county began recording data. 

Day by day, the county reported 469 new cases on Saturday, 500 on Sunday, and 151 on Monday.

The number of new deaths reported in the county over the weekend was 42 and the total number of people that have died from the virus since the county began sits at 737. On Saturday, eight people died, 31 more on Sunday and three on Monday. 

There were 27 fewer people hospitalized with the virus since Friday, for a new total of 425 hospitalizations. The county reported 133 of those patients were in intensive care units, 20 fewer than before the weekend started, but that could be attributed to the number of deaths over the weekend.

Overall, 19,699 people have recovered from the virus, 6,649 more than the Friday before, the county has tested 374,021 residents for the virus, 6,294 more over the weekend.

The county reported that there were 300 confirmed cases in county jails and another 1,235 cases recorded in state prisons within the county. Both experienced minimal case growth

Locally, Temecula added 24 cases (683), Murrieta added 21 (741), Wildomar added 10 (328), Lake Elsinore added 27 (774), Canyon Lake added one (55), Menifee added 30 (877), Hemet added 39 (1,000), and San Jacinto added 20 (699).

In local communities, Anza added no new cases (10), East Hemet added six (196), French Valley added four (201), Lakeland Village added nine (134), Valley Vista added four (135), and Winchester added no new cases (10).

Temecula added no more deaths over the weekend and, to date, three people have died from the virus in the city. There have been 16 deaths from Murrieta, six from Wildomar, 15 from Lake Elsinore, none from Canyon Lake, 12 from Menifee, 33 from Hemet, 11 from San Jacinto, none from Anza, two from East Hemet, one from French Valley, one from Lakeland Village, none from Valle Vista or Winchester. 

Murrieta added two new deaths over the weekend, and San Jacinto, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar each added one new death to their totals. 

The number of known active virus cases countywide was 17,695 as of Monday, a drop of 2,830 from Friday, according to figures. It is the first known decline in the active count since reporting began and was credited to a spike in verified patient recoveries, which officials said to number 19,699. 

The active number is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the overall case total — 38,131 — according to the County Executive Office.

The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 28 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

During the month of July, 18,970 new cases were recorded and 232 people died in Riverside County from virus. More than 5,000 people recovered from the virus and 129,808 people were tested during the month. 

City News Service contributed to this report. 

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.