Riverside County health officials are reporting 295 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 additional death, bringing the countywide totals to 58,178 cases and 1,189 deaths.
There are new 76 cases in the Coachella Valley and 1 new death.
Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city:
Desert Hot Springs: 1,108 (+2) cases, 26 deaths
Cathedral City: 1,910 (+11) cases, 32 deaths
Palm Springs: 1,050 (+6) cases, 51 deaths
Rancho Mirage: 237 (+2) cases, 23 deaths
Palm Desert: 1,021 (+4) cases, 55 deaths
Indian Wells: 46 cases, 3 (+1) deaths
La Quinta: 794 (+10) cases, 19 deaths
Indio: 3,667 (+17) cases, 72 (+2) deaths
Coachella: 2,661 (+6) cases, 27 deaths
Thousand Palms: 226 (+2) cases, no deaths
Bermuda Dunes: 135 cases, 3 deaths
Thermal: 181 (+6) cases, no deaths
Mecca: 446 (+4) cases, 9 deaths
North Shore: 129 (+2) cases, 1 death
Oasis: 332 (+1) cases, 4 death
Sky Valley: 49 (+1) cases, 2 death
Cabazon: 60 cases, 1 death
Anza: 14 (+1) cases, no deaths
At this time age group, 18-39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county with 24,426 cases.
Currently, 142 people are hospitalized countywide and receiving treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, 39 of whom are in intensive care units.
The number of documented patient recoveries stands at 53,409.
Recently, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a four-tier color-coded system used daily to guide counties’ in loosening public health regulations.
Riverside County announced Tuesday the state allowed them to move into the “red” tier of the state’s new reopening framework. Additional information about the formula can be found at www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday debated replacing the state’s tiered system with an accelerated reopening plan that would have wrapped up by Nov. 3, permitting all businesses, houses of worship, offices, wineries and other entities countywide to fully open with health safeguards in place.
However, after several supervisors aired concerns about the need to modify the proposal and verify how much money the state might withhold because the county chose to go its own way, the vote was postponed to Oct. 6.
Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton told the board that the county’s virus-related hospitalizations have plummeted over the last two months, with no concern now over capacity to treat the ill for any malady. He said the Emergency Operations Center in downtown Riverside had been de- activated but remains in standby mode.
According to the CDPH, the county has averaged 5.8 cases a day per 100,000 population over the last two weeks, but because COVID-19 testing volumes are below the state median required for a large county, Riverside County has been given an “adjusted rate” of 6.7. That still puts the county below the 7-per-100,000 level needed for tier reassignment.
The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 69 days. A doubling rate of seven days is reason for alarm, while expanding doubling times point to moderation, or gradual success in virus containment, according to health officials.
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.
Article updated: 9/25/20
Information from Riverside County Public Health.