RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County health officials Friday reported 1,431 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and four additional deaths, marking the largest one-day increase in confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
According to the Riverside University Health System, the total number of coronavirus infections documented countywide since data collection began in early March is 24,765. There are also now 537 deaths associated with COVID-19.
Records for one-day reported case increases were set three times this week alone in Riverside County, which continues to have the second-most coronavirus cases and deaths in the state after only Los Angeles County.
The previous record high for a single-day case increase was set Thursday with 1,377 new cases, which followed another record set the day before on Wednesday when 856 cases were reported.
The number of known active coronavirus cases in the county rose to 14,861 on Friday, up 1,306 from Thursday. According to the county executive office, the active case count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current cumulative total — 24,765.
Data show estimated recoveries are now at 9,367. The county defines recovery as someone who has not exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days.
There were 526 patients hospitalized in medical facilities countywide for COVID-19, up 13 from Thursday, which includes 116 patients in intensive care units, or one less than Thursday.
The seven-day average positivity rate — the daily percentage of people who are tested and turn out to be positive for the virus — is just under 16% in the county, while
the state’s preferred benchmark is 8%.