419 New Coronavirus Cases, 118 New Deaths Friday in Riverside County

419 New Coronavirus Cases, 118 New Deaths Friday in Riverside County

Taylor Martinez

Riverside County health officials are reporting 419 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 118 additional deaths Friday, bringing the countywide totals to 233,899 cases and 2,517 deaths.

There are 86 new COVID19 cases and 25 new deaths in the Coachella Valley. The low case count is suspected to be from a glitch in the reporting system, according to Riverside County.

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

Desert Hot Springs: 3,212 (+10) cases, 44 (+1) deaths
Cathedral City: 5,632 (+19) cases, 67 (+4) deaths
Palm Springs: 2,943 (+4) cases, 85 (+5) deaths
Rancho Mirage: 805 cases, 27 deaths
Palm Desert: 3,120 (+10) cases, 79 (+4) deaths
Indian Wells: 159 cases, 6 deaths
La Quinta: 2,671 (+7) cases, 39 (+2) deaths
Indio: 9,933 (+12) cases, 146 (+6) deaths
Coachella: 6,615 (+17) cases, 56 (+1) deaths
Thousand Palms: 762 (+1) cases, 5 (+1) deaths
Bermuda Dunes: 513 (+3) cases, 6 (+1) deaths
Thermal: 389 (+1) cases, 4 deaths
Mecca: 983 cases, 16 deaths
North Shore: 303 (+1) cases, 2 death
Oasis: 737 (-1) cases, 6 deaths
Sky Valley: 161 cases, 2 deaths
Cabazon: 239 cases, 1 death
Anza: 100 (+2) cases, no deaths

At this time age group, 18 – 39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county with 93,790 cases.

According to the Riverside University Health System, 1,563 patients infected with coronavirus were hospitalized countywide as of Friday, down from 1,584 Thursday. That number includes 353 patients in intensive care units.

The 11-county Southern California region’s available ICU capacity is at 0.0%. The zero-percent capacity means the county’s hospitals are now in their surge plans; it does not mean there are no ICU beds available.

The 118 newly reported fatalities bring the county’s coronavirus death toll to 2,517.

The number of documented patient recoveries stands at 151,506.

County Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton said Friday that a team of U.S. military nurses, physicians assistants and respiratory therapists had been dispatched to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley to assist with patient care.

The hospital, which principally serves the indigent and uninsured, has been deluged with both coronavirus cases and patients suffering other conditions over the last six weeks, according to county officials.

Riverside County’s overall state-calculated positivity rate rose from 23.1% to 25.8%.

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 reason for alarm, while expanding doubling times point to moderation, or gradual success in virus containment, according to health officials.

The regional ICU bed metric is a key benchmark under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order, which went into effect on Dec. 6. The order was triggered when ICU bed availability across Southern California fell below 15%.

The mandate is expected to remain in effect until bed capacities recover.

The current stay-at-home order impacts bars, theaters, museums, hair salons, indoor recreational facilities, amusement parks and wineries — all of which are supposed to remain closed.

Restaurants are confined to takeout and delivery, with capacity limitations on retail outlets.

Information on tier requirements can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

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: 1/15/2020

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