764 New Coronavirus Cases, 18 New Deaths Reported Thursday in Riverside County

764 New Coronavirus Cases, 18 New Deaths Reported Thursday in Riverside County

Taylor Martinez

Riverside County health officials are reporting 764 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18 additional deaths, bringing the countywide totals to 39,741 cases and 770 deaths.

Thursday’s reported deaths occurred between June 19 and Aug. 1, according to Jose Arballo, an RUHS spokesman.

Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city:

Desert Hot Springs: 802 cases, 16 deaths
Cathedral City: 1,441 cases, 24 deaths
Palm Springs: 800 cases, 28 deaths
Rancho Mirage: 194 cases, 14 deaths
Palm Desert: 800 cases, 42 deaths
Indian Wells: 36 cases, 2 deaths
La Quinta: 605 cases, 16 deaths
Indio: 2,734 cases, 61 deaths
Coachella: 12,014 cases, 19 deaths
Thousand Palms: 155 cases, no deaths
Bermuda Dunes: 100 cases, 3 deaths
Thermal: 135 cases, no deaths
Mecca: 320 cases, 8 deaths
North Shore: 102 cases, 1 death
Oasis: 253 cases, 2 deaths
Sky Valley: 34 cases, no deaths
Cabazon: 34 cases, 1 death
Anza: 10 cases, no deaths

At this time age group, 18-39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county with 16,753 cases.

Currently, 415 people are hospitalized countywide and receiving treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, 128 of whom are in intensive care units.

The number of documented patient recoveries stands at 20,774.

On Tuesday, Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors that the county had “seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for the past 10 days.”

“In the prior week, we were (averaging) 475 in the hospital each day. But we’ve steadily seen COVID-positive hospitalizations go down. ICU utilization has also leveled off and come down slightly,” he said.

According to Barton, the greatest number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations are in District 4, which encompasses the Coachella Valley. Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage has seen the heaviest demand for COVID-19 treatment, requiring a 19-person federal medical team to assist on- site staff, the EMD director said.

Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the board that District 4 also has the highest proportion of coronavirus-related deaths. She said at the time that nearly two-thirds — 63% — of all COVID-19 deaths countywide were correlated to underlying conditions, principally chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease.

Most of the county’s deaths stemming from complications tied to COVID- 19 have been people between the ages of 65 and 84, Saruwatari said.

The number of confirmed patient recoveries increased by 608 from Tuesday’s numbers — to 20,687, according to the RUHS. The county defines a recovery as someone who has not manifested symptoms for 14 days.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 32 days. A doubling rate of seven days is considered severe.

The county was advancing into stage 3 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four- stage deregulation plan for economic recovery when he announced another round of restrictions last month amid a dramatic rise in infection rates.

Riverside County was among the counties that landed on the California Department of Public Health’s monitoring list after patient counts jumped in the latter half of June. There are now 38 counties on the list.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County’s public health officer, noted that the state has released updated guidance for youth sports activities, allowing activities to resume with physical distancing and safety protocols in place.

Participants must stay six feet from each other and activities must take place outdoors as much as possible. Tournaments, events and games indoors that require close contact among participants are not allowed.

“The new guidelines provide for some participation for youth sports, which is something we know parents, coaches and young athletes have been waiting for, but the number-one priority remains the safety of those involved,” Kaiser said. “These guidelines should not be looked at as a return to pre-pandemic participation.”

Residents of all ages are encouraged to get tested, with or without symptoms, to identify where the disease is currently present in the community and where it is not. Testing continues to be an integral focus as more residents visit more businesses. Visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing for more information on testing locations and how to make an appointment.

Click here for a map of Riverside County cases.

Article updated: 8/6/20

Information from Riverside County Public Health.