RIVERSIDE — Riverside County Public Health officials reported 856 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, a single-day record for the county, and more than 110 more than the next highest one-day total of 745 on July 1. 

Riverside County also reported nine deaths associated with the virus, which brings the total number of deaths from the virus to 515 since the county began recording data back in early March.

On the bright side, there were 12 fewer people that were hospitalized on Wednesday than Tuesday, for a new total of 506. The county reported 122 of those patients were in intensive care units, two more than the day before.

Overall, 9,072 people have recovered from the virus, 176 new recoveries than the day before, and so far, the county has tested 268,613 residents.

Locally on Tuesday, Murrieta saw the highest number of new cases, with 22 more than reported the day before and 398 cases and 10 deaths overall. Hemet also added 22 more cases for a total of 562 cases and 26 deaths. 

Temecula added 16 (361 cases/0 deaths), Wildomar added 12 (170/5), Lake Elsinore added 18 new cases (381/10), Canyon Lake added one (28/0), Menifee added 20 new cases (430/6), and San Jacinto added 10 (391/7).

In local communities, Anza saw no new cases (6/0), East Hemet added nine new cases (103/1), French Valley added five new cases (119/0), Lakeland Village added three (67/1), Valley Vista added two (72/0), and Winchester still has two confirmed cases of the virus and zero deaths.

The county reported that there were 258 confirmed cases in county jails, one more than yesterday, and 1,069 cases recorded in state prisons with no new cases since yesterday. 

Riverside County presents an active case count which is derived by subtracting deaths and patient recoveries from the current cumulative total of cases, according to the county executive office.

On Wednesday, that number climbed by 671.

“The positivity rate in coronavirus testing is 15.9%,” county Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “The state threshold is 8%. We are closely monitoring testing.”

Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton Barton said the utilization of countywide licensed ICU beds is at 94%, which means that 362 of the 385 ICU beds are occupied. 

“Six of the 17 acute care hospitals are over their licensed ICU capacity and are utilizing additional ICU beds according to their surge plan,” Barton said. “Out of the 495 COVID positive individuals that were hospitalized and Riverside County’s 17 acute care hospitals, 10 of them are from the state prisons as of yesterday and four are patients that were transferred from Imperial County.”

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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