Riverside County officials’ focus on encouraging people to get tested for the novel coronavirus appears to be paying off, with nearly record numbers of tests processed this week.

In the past seven days, 58,513 coronavirus tests were added to the total in Riverside County. Only one week has included more tests, in mid-August when state officials were processing a large backlog of tests.

That includes 9,112 new tests added Friday, Oct. 23.

Riverside officials have been pushing more people to get tested, which could help the county return to the less restrictive red tier of the governor’s reopening plan.

Counties with a testing rate below the statewide median have to have fewer positive cases than counties above the statewide median.

This week, about 200 people a day per 100,000 Riverside County residents were tested for the coronavirus, up from 139 in early September. That’s still well below the statewide median of 239 people a day per 100,000 residents.

“Besides the benefit to our businesses, there’s a payoff for you,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer, in a news release Friday. “If you’re medically vulnerable, detecting the infection early might reduce your risk of complications, and even if you’re well, it means you can take precautions sooner to avoid spreading it to your family or workplace. If we can get less spread, fewer people will be at risk, and that’s the most important goal.”

Here are the numbers as of Friday, Oct. 23, according to state and county public health officials.

Riverside County

Confirmed cases: 65,757 total, up 371 from Thursday, averaging 353 reported per day in the past week

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Deaths: 1,279 total, no change from Thursday, averaging 1.4 reported per day in the past week



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