Riverside County health officials reported 1,569 new coronavirus cases Monday and 13 new virus-related deaths since Friday. There have now been 80,011 confirmed cases and 1,413 virus-related deaths in the county.
There were 514 new cases and two deaths tallied Saturday; 344 new cases and three death reported Sunday; and 711 cases and eight deaths reported Monday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a limited stay-at-home order requiring residents to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.. The curfew applies to the 41 counties in the purple tier, which is the strictest tier of the state’s reopening framework, and impacts 94% of the state’s population. It does not apply to people engaged in essential work.
Riverside County remains in the purple tier. The county reported a positivity rate of 8.3% last Tuesday, up from 6.7% the week prior.
The county’s adjusted case rate last week was 19.7 new cases per day per 100,000 residents — a dramatic increase from just 13.3 cases the week prior.
Under its system, the state health department adjusts counties’ case rates based on whether they’re conducting more or fewer than the state’s average number of tests per capita. Last week, the county’s case rate was adjusted down from 20.1 cases per 100,000 because it surpassed the state’s median testing rate.
Riverside County, like the rest of California, has seen a jump in cases, hospitalizations and the use of intensive care unit beds over the last few weeks. The state has blamed the spike in cases mainly on people who have grown fatigued coping with the virus and have ignored public health warnings to not socialize with friends and family members.
“The numbers are continuing to increase,” Riverside County Health Director Kim Saruwatari said during a Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday. “It is concerning but consistent across the state and country. California is experiencing its steepest increase since the start of the pandemic. In the first part of November, cases increased 47% to 50%. At the state’s peak in July, we saw a 37% increase. We are surpassing that.”
Riverside County officials are asking residents to take precautions while celebrating Thanksgiving. While some may opt to have family gatherings, officials are urging residents to follow these recommendations to keep the holiday smaller, shorter and safer:
- If you are going to meet during the holiday, keep the groups small and separate, even within a household. Avoid large gatherings.
- Keep get-togethers to an hour or two.
- Don’t forget about basic safety: wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands. Eat and socialize outside. Consider seating one family group on the patio, while others sit in a separate area. Keep plenty of hand sanitizer on hand. Avoid sharing serving utensils.
“Coronavirus is unfortunately rising rapidly in Riverside County, and around our state and nation,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Let’s be careful and protect ourselves and our loved ones and follow these public health messages.”
Monday’s numbers: Riverside County
Total cases: Home to about 2.5 million people, the county continues to record the third-highest number of cases in the state — 80,011 — behind Los Angeles County (the state’s most populous county), which has logged more than 364,000 cases, and San Bernardino County (the state’s fifth-most populous county), which has logged more than 81,000 cases.
Active cases: The number of known, active cases countywide was 12,511 on Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current case total, according to the county’s executive office.
Recoveries: According to the county, 66,087 people have recovered, which is about 83% of its overall cases.
Hospitalizations: County officials on Monday reported that 409 coronavirus patients were hospitalized — 34 more than Friday. Ninety-six of those patients are in intensive care units –– three less than Friday.
Tests: A total of 1,026,878 coronavirus tests have been administered in Riverside County, according to officials. There were 34,814 additional tests reported since Friday.
Who is contracting the virus?
About 10.2% of cases countywide are among people over 65. But people over 65 account for 69.4% of virus-related deaths. The cases, according to data from health officials, are broken down by age:
- 8,030 cases (10.4%) were among people ages 0 to 17
- 33,285 cases (43%) were among people ages 18 to 39
- 28,101 cases (36.4%) were among people ages 40 to 64
- 5,859 cases (7.6%) were among people ages 65 to 79
- 2,005 cases (2.6%) were among people 80 years or older
Deaths, according to data from health officials, are also being broken down by age:
- 0 deaths (0%) were among people ages 0 to 17
- 8 deaths (0.6%) were among people ages 18 to 24
- 63 deaths (4.5%) were among people ages 25-44
- 361 deaths (25.5%) were among people ages 45-64
- 677 deaths (47.9%) were among people ages 65-84
- 304 deaths (21.5%) were among people 85 years or older
Coachella Valley: Cases so far
Officials on Monday reported 225 new cases and two additional virus-related deaths in the Coachella Valley. Here’s the city and community breakdown, with the numbers in parentheses showing increases from Friday:
- Cathedral City: 2,308 cases (+19), 38 deaths and 2,072 recoveries
- Coachella: 3,226 cases (+39), 33 deaths and 2,881 recoveries
- Desert Hot Springs: 1,386 cases (+21), 30 deaths and 1,187 recoveries
- Indian Wells: 69 cases (+5), 4 deaths and 50 recoveries
- Indio: 4,537 cases (+39), 94 deaths and 3,979 recoveries
- La Quinta: 1,067 cases (+18), 19 deaths and 912 recoveries
- Palm Desert: 1,331 cases (+24), 61 deaths (+1) and 1,083 recoveries
- Palm Springs: 1,346 cases (+17), 62 deaths (+1) and 1,135 recoveries
- Rancho Mirage: 310 cases (+5), 25 deaths and 249 recoveries
- Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 183 cases (+6), 3 deaths and 150 recoveries; Desert Edge: 87 cases, 5 deaths and 71 recoveries; Desert Palms: 69 cases (+2), 4 deaths and 50 recoveries; Garnet: 272 cases, 5 deaths and 242 recoveries; Mecca: 555 cases (+11), 11 deaths and 474 recoveries; North Shore: 193 cases (+1), 1 death and 153 recoveries; Oasis: 413 cases (+6), 5 deaths and 357 recoveries; Sky Valley: 57 cases (+2), 2 deaths and 52 recoveries; Thermal: 216 cases (+3), 2 deaths and 194 recoveries; Thousand Palms: 307 cases (+5), 1 death and 254 recoveries; Vista Santa Rosa: 114 cases (+2), 1 death and 101 recoveries
- California: 1,110,370 cases (+8,337) and 18,726 deaths (+50)