The Riverside County Department of Public Health released a map today showing the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by city.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, March 27, 16 cases are reported in Temecula, 11 in Murrieta, five in Wildomar, four in Lake Elsinore, eight in Menifee and one in Hemet.
No confirmed cases have been reported in San Jacinto, Idyllwild, Mountain Center, Anza or Aguanga.
Public Health reported 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 this afternoon, bringing the countywide total to 185. Cities with the most cases are Riverside with 21, Moreno Valley with 20, Temecula with 16 and Palm Springs with 15.
Eight people have died from the virus.
There are no confirmed deaths in any of the cities in the Valley News coverage area. The closest death to the Temecula Valley was in Beaumont where a man in his 70s succumbed to the disease Wednesday, March 25.
Thursday, March 26, Riverside University Health System’s Family Medicine Departmant chairman Dr. Geoffrey Leung said that coronavirus cases in Riverside County will grow — possibly doubling every four to five days — and deaths stemming from viral complications could rise 125 times the current figure in the next month, based on Riverside University Health System estimates released that day.
“We’re trying to change the curve and slow down the rate of infection,” Leung said during a news briefing at the county’s Emergency Operations Center in downtown Riverside. “But based on forecasting and modeling … there could be a doubling of the rate of COVID-19
infection every four to five days … If we stay on the same doubling rate, (by early May) we could have over 1,000 deaths and 50,000 new cases.”
Leung said he based his estimates on local approximations and nationwide trends.
“By April 12, all hospital beds (in the county) will be used up, and if we stay on the same doubling rate, we’ll be out of ventilators in the April 22-May 5 period,” Leung said.
At 4:15 p.m. Friday, Worldometer reported a total of 101,866 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, more than any other country in the world, and 4,683 cases in California.
City News Service contributed to this story.
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