RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Riverside County increased by seven Friday, and the infection total widened by 382, although health officials cautioned that not all newly confirmed cases were included in the county's daily report due to a reporting error by the state.
"A delay in case counts from the state is reflected in today's numbers, so we expect to see significant increases next week to catch up on the delayed data," wrote county health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser on Twitter. "This will not impact data for deaths or hospitalizations."
Officials said the number of confirmed patient recoveries is 13,050. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.
According to RUHS, 452 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, 23 fewer than Thursday. Hospitalizations include 153 patients in intensive care units — a decrease of 14 since Thursday.
—City News Service
This week's coronavirus news in Riverside County:
—More than 300 prison inmates who are being released early in California due to coronavirus concerns will come to Riverside County, but most were nearly done serving their sentences and all have a "low risk for violence," the Riverside County Probation Department announced Friday. Read more here.
—A civil liberties group submitted a memorandum of points and authorities Thursday in a lawsuit aimed at stopping Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order that prevents schools from reopening in Riverside County and elsewhere, while a Lake Elsinore lawmaker's effort to strip the governor of his emergency powers failed in the state Senate. Read more here.
—Faith Bible Church insists it follows coronavirus safety protocols, but "enforcing state guidelines" is not its main mission. Read more here.
—Carlos Calderon spent 13 days at Riverside Community Hospital. The 60-year-old Riverside man had to spend most of his stay in the ICU, where he had to be regularly flipped to help him breathe, and he lost 25 to 30 pounds during his battle against coronavirus. Read more here.
—Riverside County health officials said Monday that preliminary data from a recent Riverside University Health System COVID-19 antibody testing study show well over 100,000 county residents have likely been infected with the virus but they were never accounted for. Read more here.
—The city of Palm Springs issued new restrictions Monday that will close drinking and dining establishments at 12 a.m. each night beginning Friday. The city also expanded its face mask ordinance, which now requires people to wear them while exercising. Read more here.