The number of coronavirus cases increased nearly 4% in Riverside County over the past day, with 409 new cases reported Tuesday afternoon, totaling 11,694 cumulative cases.

Additionally, 11 new deaths were reported over the past day. Riverside County has now witnessed 395 residents die from virus-related causes since the pandemic began.

While 6,165 people have recovered from the virus, 237 are currently hospitalized — 65 of those individuals are in the intensive care unit — and 4,897 individuals are currently recovering from the illness with less severe symptoms at home.

The county tested 2,539 people for coronavirus in the past day, meaning 16% of those individuals tested positive, though the county’s overall positivity rate has remained just under 8%, which is the state’s requirement to allow counties to remain partially reopened.

The curve is changed course from flattening, as it did in April and May, and has now begun ticking upwards.

Over the past day, the county tested about 104 individuals per day per 100,000 residents, below that state’s reopening guideline of 150 individuals per day, though the county overall typically meets that metric. The county has now tested a total of 159,287 people.

In the Coachella Valley, Eisenhower Health hospital in Rancho Mirage has reported that their hospitalization nearly doubled in the weeks following Riverside County’s accelerate stage 2 reopening allowance, which has allowed dine-in restaurants and salons to open, among other things. Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital are not currently publicly reporting their hospitalization data.

Eisenhower’s data show a slight drop in hospitalizations over the weekend, but currently 41 coronavirus patients are hospitalized as of Monday. Some of these patients are from Imperial County as Eisenhower, among other Riverside County hospitals, have been accepting patient transfers from the two Imperial County hospitals as they have reached their capacity.

However, Eisenhower Health officials say that the number of coronavirus cases are still drastically lower than originally predicted due to the initial strict stay-at-home orders the state put in place in March.

Officials reported 79 new cases and six new deaths in the Coachella Valley’s nine cities since Monday. The cases are growing most substantially in Indio and Coachella.

Here’s the city and community breakdown for the Coachella Valley, with the numbers in parentheses showing increases over the past day:

  • Cathedral City: 327 cases (+8) and 4 deaths
  • Coachella: 707 cases (+30) and 9 deaths
  • Desert Hot Springs: 131 cases (+1) and 2 deaths
  • Indian Wells: 16 cases and 0 deaths
  • Indio: 788 cases (+29) and 15 deaths (+3)
  • La Quinta: 179 cases (+5) and 10 deaths
  • Palm Desert: 256 cases (+4) and 29 deaths  (+2)
  • Palm Springs: 190 cases (+2) and 12 deaths
  • Rancho Mirage: 75 cases (+10) and 6 deaths (+1)
  • Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 25 cases and 1 death (+1); Desert Edge: 7 cases and 0 deaths; Desert Palms: 10 cases and 0 deaths; Garnet: 21 cases and 0 deaths; Mecca: 108 (+6) cases and 3 deaths; North Shore: 46 cases (+2) and 0 deaths; Oasis: 71 cases (+1) and 0 deaths; Sky Valley: 2 cases and 0 deaths; Thermal: 48 cases and 0 deaths; Thousand Palms: 25 (+1) cases and 0 deaths; Vista Santa Rosa: 28 cases and 1 death
  • State of California: 153,560 cases, 5,121 deaths according to data released Tuesday.

Source Desert Sun