Riverside County health officials on Monday reported 4,327 new coronavirus cases and 16 new virus-related deaths from over the weekend. There have now been 92,272 confirmed cases and 1,488 virus-related deaths in the county.
There were 2,051 new cases and two deaths tallied Saturday; 34 new cases and six death reported Sunday; and 2,242 cases and eight deaths reported Monday.
Coronavirus hospitalizations continued to climb Monday, with a record-breaking 700 COVID-19 patients reported in area hospitals, according to public health officials.
That’s an increase of 42 patients from Friday and mirrors a similar rise in hospitals statewide. Of those hospitalized in Riverside County, 146 are being cared for in intensive care units –– 11 more than Friday.
Riverside County is currently under a stay-at-home order applied to regions facing alarmingly low levels of available hospital and intensive care unit beds.
Officials are concerned that surging cases could overwhelm the state’s health care system within weeks; the Southern California region’s ICU capacity is currently at about 10.9%, according to the state.
The stay-at-home order includes a three-week lockdown that prohibits residents from gathering with people from outside their households. Essential businesses such as grocery stores must operate at 20% capacity; bars, wineries, salons and restaurant dining have to shut down; and hotels can only be open for critical infrastructure support.
Schools can remain open if they’ve received a waiver. Restaurants can continue take-out and delivery services, Newsom said.
Health officials are preparing for a wave of cases in the next two or three weeks that could be tied to Thanksgiving gatherings. Authorities had urged residents to stay home and keep their interactions with others limited, yet millions nationwide defied that advice.
Monday’s numbers: Riverside County
Total cases: Home to about 2.5 million people, Riverside is the state’s fourth most-populous county. But the county has recorded the third-highest number of cases in the state — 92,272 — behind Los Angeles County (the state’s most populous county), which has logged more than 449,000 cases, and San Bernardino County (the state’s fifth-most populous county), which has logged more than 107,000 cases.
Active cases: The number of known, active cases countywide was 21,845 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, 68,939 people have recovered, which is about 74.7% of its overall cases.
Hospitalizations: County officials on Monday reported that 700 coronavirus patients were hospitalized — 42 more than Friday. Of that number, 146 were being cared for in intensive care units –– 11 more than Friday.
Tests: A total of 1,212,700 coronavirus tests have been administered in Riverside County, according to officials. There were 49,729 additional tests administered since Friday.
Who is contracting the virus?
About 10% of COVID-19 cases countywide have been diagnosed among people ages 65 and older. But people over 65 account for 70% of the county’s virus-related deaths.
Here are the overall cases, according to data from health officials, broken down by age:
- 9,692 cases (10.9%) were among people ages 0 to 17
- 38,116 cases (42.8%) were among people ages 18 to 39
- 32,249 cases (36.2%) were among people ages 40 to 64
- 6,734 cases (7.6%) were among people ages 65 to 79
- 2,263 cases (2.5%) were among people 80 years or older
Deaths, according to data from health officials, broken down by age:
- 0 deaths (0%) were among people ages 0 to 17
- 8 deaths (0.55%) were among people ages 18 to 24
- 63 deaths (4.37%) were among people ages 25-44
- 373 deaths (25.38%) were among people ages 45-64
- 713 deaths (48.1%) were among people ages 65-84
- 315 deaths (21.6%) were among people 85 years or older
Coachella Valley: Cases so far
Officials on Monday reported 564 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: 2,550 cases (+79), 41 deaths and 2,124 recoveries
- Coachella: 3,458 cases (+103), 34 deaths (+1) and 2,963 recoveries
- Desert Hot Springs: 1,531 cases (+42), 30 deaths and 1,228 recoveries
- Indian Wells: 79 cases (+6), 4 deaths and 53 recoveries
- Indio: 4,912 cases (+129), 98 deaths (+1) and 4,090 recoveries
- La Quinta: 1,150 cases (+35), 19 deaths and 941 recoveries
- Palm Desert: 1,466 cases (+44), 64 deaths and 1,125 recoveries
- Palm Springs: 1,459 cases (+31), 65 deaths and 1,165 recoveries
- Rancho Mirage: 353 cases (+18), 25 deaths and 259 recoveries
- Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 220 cases (+13), 3 deaths and 154 recoveries; Desert Edge: 93 cases (+3), 5 deaths and 73 recoveries; Desert Palms: 77 cases, 5 deaths and 53 recoveries; Garnet: 304 cases (+13), 5 deaths and 248 recoveries; Mecca: 582 cases (+7), 11 deaths and 493 recoveries; North Shore: 206 cases (+3), 1 death and 164 recoveries; Oasis: 444 cases (+13), 6 deaths and 374 recoveries; Sky Valley: 60 cases, 2 deaths and 52 recoveries; Thermal: 239 cases (+6), 3 deaths and 201 recoveries; Thousand Palms: 344 cases (+14), 1 death and 261 recoveries; Vista Santa Rosa: 128 cases (+5), 1 death and 105 recoveries
- California: 1,366,435 cases (+24,735) and 19,935 deaths (+59)