Riverside County’s COVID-19 cases rise, 17 new deaths over weekend

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Riverside County rose 754, with 17 additional deaths attributed to complications stemming from the virus, health officials said Monday, Sept. 28.
The aggregate number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the public health documentation period began in early March is 58,932, compared to 58,178 on Friday, according to the Riverside University Health System.
No data was reported over the weekend.
RUHS said the number of deaths believed to be tied to COVID-19 stands at 1,206, up from 1,189 at the end of last week.
The Emergency Management Department said 128 people are hospitalized countywide with virus symptoms. That’s down from 142 on Friday — a nearly 10% drop. The hospitalization figure includes 36 intensive care unit patients. All COVID-19 hospitalization numbers are now at or below levels reported in April.
EMD Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors last week that the Emergency Operations Center in downtown Riverside had been de-activated but remains in standby mode.
The number of known active cases countywide is 3,796, an increase of 216 since Friday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 58,932 — according to the County Executive Office. The number of verified patient recoveries is now up to 53,930.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last Tuesday the county’s shift to the “red tier” from the most restrictive “purple tier” as part of his Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The county qualified for the move under testing and positivity thresholds established by the California Department of Public Health.
The red tier permits shopping malls, swap meets, barbershops, hair salons, fitness centers, and restaurants to open — with limitations on indoor capacities and enforcement of social distancing.
The board last week debated replacing the state’s tiered system with a county-designed accelerated reopening plan that would wrap up by Nov. 3, permitting all businesses, houses of worship, offices, wineries and other entities to fully open with health safeguards in place.
However, after several supervisors aired concerns about the need to verify how much money the state might withhold because the county takes an autonomous path, the vote on the proposal was postponed to Oct. 6.
According to the CDPH, the county has averaged 5.8 cases a day per 100,000 population over the last two weeks, but because COVID-19 testing volumes are below the state median required for a large county, Riverside County has been given an “adjusted rate” of 6.7. That still puts the county below the 7-per-100,000 level needed for tier reassignment.
Additional information about the formula can be found at www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.
Here are the local numbers by city and community:

Temecula
Confirmed Cases: 1,091
Deaths: 16
Recovered: 1,003

Murrieta
Confirmed Cases: 1,243
Deaths: 21
Recovered: 1,134

Wildomar
Confirmed Cases: 568
Deaths: 14
Recovered: 528

Lake Elsinore
Confirmed Cases: 1,231
Deaths: 21
Recovered: 1,169

Canyon Lake
Confirmed Cases: 109
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 97

Menifee
Confirmed Cases: 1,506
Deaths: 35
Recovered: 1,337

Hemet
Confirmed Cases: 1,691
Deaths: 62
Recovered: 1,553

San Jacinto
Confirmed Cases: 1,136
Deaths: 25
Recovered: 1,060

Anza
Confirmed Cases: 14
Deaths: 0
Recovered: 14

East Hemet
Confirmed Cases: 349
Deaths: 7
Recovered: 320

French Valley
Confirmed Cases: 334
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 311

Lakeland Village
Confirmed Cases: 212
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 204

Valle Vista
Confirmed Cases: 230
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 218

Winchester
Confirmed Cases: 20
Deaths: 0
Recovered: 19

Jeff Pack contributed to this report.