Riverside County health officials are reporting 593 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1 additional death, bringing the countywide totals to 64,668 cases and 1,273 deaths.
There are 125 new cases in the Coachella Valley and at least 1 new death since Monday.
Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city:
Desert Hot Springs: 1,186 (+11) cases, 28 deaths
Cathedral City: 2,0240 (+11) cases, 34 deaths
Palm Springs: 1,162 (+8) cases, 53 deaths
Rancho Mirage: 261 cases, 24 deaths
Palm Desert: 1,089 (+18) cases, 58 deaths
Indian Wells: 53 (+1) cases, 4 deaths
La Quinta: 883 (+7) cases, 19 deaths
Indio: 3,882 (+32) cases, 76 deaths
Coachella: 2,842 (+26) cases, 29 (+1) deaths
Thousand Palms: 247 (+1) cases, 1 death
Bermuda Dunes: 145 (+4) cases, 3 deaths
Thermal: 192 cases, no deaths
Mecca: 476 (+6) cases, 9 deaths
North Shore: 147 cases, 1 death
Oasis: 347 cases, 5 death
Sky Valley: 50 cases, 2 death
Cabazon: 65 cases, 1 death
Anza: 17 cases, no deaths
At this time age group, 18 – 39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county with 27,181 cases.
Currently, 157 people are hospitalized countywide and receiving treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, 42 of whom are in intensive care units.
According to county Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton, hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been going “up and down,” and there has been a slight upward trend in the last two weeks, which he attributed partly to infected state prisoners being hospitalized locally.
According to the CDPH, the county now has a COVID-19 per-day case count of 9.1 per 100,000 people.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recently announced “equity” metric, which requires addressing testing and positivity rates in specific communities, is also weighing on the tier designation.
Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said last week that the state would place the county in an untenable situation and likely cause residents and businesses to go “crazy” if there were a re-designation backward in the tier scheme, mainly because the holiday shopping season is near, and the purple tier might force businesses currently open to close again.
The county’s overall testing positivity rate is 5.2%, which is down seven-tenths of a point compared to two weeks ago and well within red tier criteria, according to RUHS.
County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser warned that businesses not in compliance with purple tier restrictions have 72 hours to modify operations, including closing again, or risk fines issued by the county on behalf of the state.
Additional information on tier requirements can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.
The number of documented patient recoveries stands at 58,236.
The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 89 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: 10/20/2020
Information from Riverside County Public Health.