Riverside County health officials on Monday reported 804 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional virus-related deaths since Friday. There have now been 60,738 confirmed cases and 1,238 virus-related deaths in Riverside County.

There were 358 new cases with two deaths tallied Saturday; 254 new cases and no deaths reported Sunday; and 192 cases and five deaths reported Monday.

Of the new data reported Monday, 131 cases and one of the deaths were from the Coachella Valley, which includes nine cities and 11 unincorporated communities. The death was reported in Palm Desert.

Riverside County’s COVID-19 positivity rate had fallen to 4.7% as of last Tuesday, which is within the benchmarks of the next phase in the state’s four-tier, color-coded framework for reopening. Despite the headway, Riverside County remains in the red tier this week — and will likely stay there for at least the next couple weeks — as it continues to see a continued drop in COVID-19 cases.

In determining whether a county can move to the next phase, the state looks at two metrics: positivity rate and case rate. Counties must show consistent metrics for two weeks before moving tiers, and must remain in each tier for at least three weeks.

To move to the orange tier, Riverside County would need to document fewer than four new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents on a rolling seven-day average, as well as maintain a positivity testing rate between 2% to 4.9% for two full weeks.

The orange tier allows businesses to expand their occupancy.

During the past week, the county confirmed six new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents. The state adjusted that up to 6.6 per 100,000. Under its new system, the state health department adjusts counties’ case rates based on whether they’re conducting more than or fewer than the state’s average number of tests.

Riverside County’s adjustment changed because the county increased the number of people tested per day, up to 162.4 tests per 100,000 people.

Monday’s numbers: Riverside County

Total cases: Home to about 2.5 million people, the county continues to record the second-highest number of cases and deaths in the state behind Los Angeles County (the state’s most populous county), which has logged more than 270,000 cases.

Active cases: The number of known, active cases countywide was 4,288 on Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current case total — 60,738 — according to the county’s executive office.

Hospitalizations: County officials on Monday reported that 133 coronavirus patients were hospitalized — three more than Friday. Forty of those patients are in intensive care units –– one more than Friday.

Tests: A total of 674,747 coronavirus tests have been administered in Riverside County, according to officials –– there were 13,464 additional tests reported since Friday.

Who is contracting the virus?

About 53% of the county’s COVID-19 cases are among people under age 40. The cases, according to health officials, are broken down by age of the patient:

  • 1,055 cases (1.8%) are among people ages 0 to 4
  • 4,606 cases (7.87%) are among people ages 5 to 17
  • 25,496 cases (43.55%) are among people ages 18 to 39
  • 21,379 cases (36.52%) are among people ages 40 to 64
  • 4,388 cases (7.5%) are among people ages 65 to 79
  • 1,614 cases (2.76%) are among people 80 years or older

Deaths, according to data from health officials, are also being broken down by age:

  • 0 deaths (0%) are among people ages 0 to 17
  • 7 deaths (0.6%) are among people ages 18 to 24
  • 54 deaths (4.4%) are among people ages 25-44
  • 315 deaths (25.4%)  are among people ages 45-64
  • 587 deaths (47.4%) are among people ages 65-84
  • 275 deaths (22.2%) are among people 85 years or older

Coachella Valley: Cases so far

Officials on Monday reported 131 new cases and one additional death in the Coachella Valley. Here’s the city and community breakdown, with the numbers in parentheses showing increases from over the weekend:

  • Cathedral City: 1,953 cases (+14), 32 deaths and 1,865 recoveries
  • Coachella: 2,719 cases (+24), 28 deaths and 2,612 recoveries
  • Desert Hot Springs: 1,142 cases (+4), 28 deaths and 1,077 recoveries
  • Indian Wells: 49 cases (+2), 3 deaths and 43 recoveries
  • Indio: 3,741 cases (+31), 74 deaths and 3,547 recoveries
  • La Quinta: 827 cases (+11), 19 deaths and 762 recoveries
  • Palm Desert: 1,051 cases (+9), 58 deaths (+1) and 948 recoveries
  • Palm Springs: 1,108 cases (+15), 51 deaths and 984 recoveries
  • Rancho Mirage: 252 cases (+5), 24 deaths and 216 recoveries
  • Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 138 cases (+1), 3 deaths and 128 recoveries; Desert Edge: 71 cases, 5 deaths and 59 recoveries; Desert Palms: 45 cases, 3 deaths and 40 recoveries; Garnet: 230 cases (+5), 5 deaths and 216 recoveries; Mecca: 459 cases, (+4) 9 deaths and 428 recoveries; North Shore: 142 cases (+3), 1 death and 132 recoveries; Oasis: 333 cases, 5 deaths and 324 recoveries; Sky Valley: 49 cases, 2 deaths and 44 recoveries; Thermal: 188 cases (+2), 0 deaths and 177 recoveries; Thousand Palms: 235 cases (+4), 0 deaths and 227 recoveries; Vista Santa Rosa: 99 cases, 1 death and 94 recoveries
  • California: 826,784 cases (+3,055) and 16149 deaths (+29)
Source Desert Sun
By Laine Henry