Riverside County health officials on Friday reported no additional virus-related deaths for the third time this month. There were 371 new COVID-19 cases reported.

There have now been 65,757 confirmed cases and 1,279 virus-related deaths in Riverside County.

While the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate and case rate are both down from last week, its case rate still has not moved out of the range of the purple tier, the level which has the most restrictions in the state’s color-coded, four-tier framework.

“The state believes additional time and adjudication will not rectify (our case rate),” said Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser on Tuesday. “We are informed by the state that Riverside County will return to the purple tier.”

Riverside County will remain in the purple tier for at least three weeks before it can move to the red tier, Kaiser said, once its COVID-19 metrics return to that lower range.

The county has increased testing over the past few weeks, Kaiser said. However, he added: “We will not be able to test our way out of this.”

What does this mean for businesses?

The following businesses and organizations must shut down indoor operations due to the county’s move back to the purple tier:

  • Movie theaters
  • Places of worship
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Indoor restaurant dining (outdoor operations would still be permitted)

A look at Riverside County’s data

As of Tuesday, Riverside County was reporting a positivity rate of 5.2% — which remains in the red tier — down from 5.9% last week.

However, while the county’s case rate has decreased since last week, it continues to fall within the purple tier. As of Tuesday, the county’s adjusted case rate is nine confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, according to Riverside County spokesman Jose Arballo.

That’s up from an adjusted case rate of 9.2 last week. (Under its new 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).

If even one of a county’s metrics falls into a more restrictive tier for two weeks in a row, the county must move back to that more restrictive tier, according to state guidelines, though Riverside County received an exception last week.

Friday’s numbers: Riverside County

Total cases: Home to about 2.5 million people, the county continues to record the second-highest number of cases in the state — 65,757  — behind Los Angeles County (the state’s most populous county), which has logged more than 290,000 cases.

Active cases: The number of known, active cases countywide was 5,626 on Friday. 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, 58,852 people have recovered, which is about 90% of its overall cases.

Hospitalizations: County officials on Friday reported that 161 coronavirus patients were hospitalized — that’s 15 less than Thursday. Thirty-nine of those patients are in intensive care units –– two less than Thursday.

Tests: A total of 787,357 coronavirus tests have been administered in Riverside County, according to officials –– there were 9,112 additional tests reported since Thursday.

Who is contracting the virus?

About 10% of cases countywide are among people over 65. But people over 65 account for 69.6% of deaths due to COVID-19. The cases, according to health officials, are broken down by age of the patient:

  • 6,267 cases (9.8%) were among people ages 0 to 17
  • 27,625 cases (43.5%) were among people ages 18 to 39
  • 23,163 cases (36.5%) were among people ages 40 to 64
  • 4,761 cases (7.5%) were among people ages 65 to 79
  • 1,695 cases (2.7%) 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 (0.5%) were among people ages 18 to 24
  • 58 deaths (4.6%) were among people ages 25-44
  • 324 deaths (25.3%)  were among people ages 45-64
  • 606 deaths (47.45%) were among people ages 65-84
  • 283 deaths (22.15%) were among people 85 years or older

Coachella Valley: Cases so far

Officials on Friday reported 71 new cases and no additional deaths in the Coachella Valley. Here’s the city and community breakdown, with the numbers in parentheses showing increases from Thursday:

  • Cathedral City: 2,064 cases (+8), 34 deaths and 1,944 recoveries
  • Coachella: 2,874 cases (+13), 29 deaths and 2,712 recoveries
  • Desert Hot Springs: 1,197 cases (+5), 28 deaths and 1,119 recoveries
  • Indian Wells: 54 cases (+1), 4 deaths and 48 recoveries
  • Indio: 3,959 cases (+12), 77 deaths and 3,699 recoveries
  • La Quinta: 896 cases (+3), 19 deaths and 824 recoveries
  • Palm Desert: 1,123 cases (+9), 58 deaths and 996 recoveries
  • Palm Springs: 1,169 cases (+3), 53 deaths and 1,041 recoveries
  • Rancho Mirage: 266 cases (+3), 24 deaths and 226 recoveries
  • Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 147 cases, 3 deaths and 136 recoveries; Desert Edge: 74 cases, 5 deaths and 67 recoveries; Desert Palms: 48 cases, 3 deaths and 40 recoveries; Garnet: 239 cases (-1), 5 deaths and 227 recoveries; Mecca: 484 cases (+4), 9 deaths and 447 recoveries; North Shore: 152 cases (+1), 1 death and 137 recoveries; Oasis: 358 cases (+6), 5 deaths and 335 recoveries; Sky Valley: 50 cases, 2 deaths and 45 recoveries; Thermal: 193 cases (+1), 0 deaths and 186 recoveries; Thousand Palms: 250 cases (+1), 1 death and 235 recoveries; Vista Santa Rosa: 104 cases (+1), 1 death and 99 recoveries
  • California: 886,865 cases (+6,141) and 17,262 deaths (+73)