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Video: Coachella Valley residents react to COVID-19 pandemic.
September 19, 2020 marks six months since California issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Riverside County health officials on Monday reported 1,668 new coronavirus cases and seven new virus-related deaths since Friday. There have now been 75,848 confirmed cases and 1,374 virus-related deaths in the county.
There were 608 new cases and two deaths tallied Saturday; 348 new cases and one death reported Sunday; and 712 cases and four deaths reported Monday.
Riverside County will remain in the purple tier of the state's four-tier, color-coded reopening plan for the fourth consecutive week amid increased transmission of the virus.
County health officials attribute the rise in cases to more family and friend gatherings. Cases are also trending younger, particularly in individuals in the range of 15 to 30 years old, said Riverside County Health Director Kim Saruwatari.
Because younger people can tolerate a larger COVID-19 viral load without getting sick, they have a higher load to spread even though they have less of a chance of being symptomatic, according to Riverside County's public health officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser.
The county's adjusted case rate last week is 13.3 cases per 100,0000 residents — up from 11.5 the week prior and still falling within the strict purple tier of the state's reopening plan. Under its system, the state health department adjusts counties' case rates based on whether they're conducting more or fewer than the state's average number of tests per capita.
The county's positivity rate last Tuesday was 6.7%; the countywide rate falls within the less restrictive red tier, but was up from 5.9% the previous week.
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 in the state — 75,848 — behind Los Angeles County (the state's most populous county), which has logged more than 339,000 cases.
Active cases: The number of known, active cases countywide was 9,552 on Monday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current case total, according to the county's executive office.
Recoveries: According to the county, 64,922 people have recovered, which is about 85.6% of its overall cases.
Hospitalizations: County officials on Monday reported that 310 coronavirus patients were hospitalized — that's 24 more than Friday. Seventy-eight of those patients are in intensive care units –– 13 more than Friday.
Tests: A total of 950,956 coronavirus tests have been administered in Riverside County, according to officials. There were 29,074 additional tests reported since Friday.
Who is contracting the virus?
About 10% of cases countywide are among people over 65. But people over 65 account for 69.6% of virus-related deaths. The cases, according to data from health officials, are broken down by age:
- 7,488 cases (10.2%) were among people ages 0 to 17
- 31,602 cases (43.2%) were among people ages 18 to 39
- 26,718 cases (36.5%) were among people ages 40 to 64
- 5,520 cases (7.5%) were among people ages 65 to 79
- 1,912 cases (2.6%) were among people 80 years or older
Deaths, according to data from health officials, are also being broken down by age:
- 0 deaths (0%) were among people ages 0 to 17
- 8 deaths (0.6%) were among people ages 18 to 24
- 60 deaths (4.36%) were among people ages 25-44
- 350 deaths (25.47%) were among people ages 45-64
- 659 deaths (47.96%) were among people ages 65-84
- 297 deaths (21.61%) were among people 85 years or older
Coachella Valley: Cases so far
Officials on Monday reported 275 new cases and two deaths in the Coachella Valley. Here's the city and community breakdown, with the numbers in parentheses showing increases from Friday:
- Cathedral City: 2,254 cases (+31), 38 deaths and 2,054 recoveries
- Coachella: 3,115 cases (+39), 32 deaths and 2,855 recoveries
- Desert Hot Springs: 1,336 cases (+32), 30 deaths (+1) and 1,177 recoveries
- Indian Wells: 60 cases (+1), 4 deaths and 50 recoveries
- Indio: 4,403 cases (+56), 90 deaths and 3,946 recoveries
- La Quinta: 1,023 cases (+23), 19 deaths and 887 recoveries
- Palm Desert: 1,273 cases (+33), 59 deaths and 1,063 recoveries
- Palm Springs: 1,307 cases (+13), 59 deaths and 1,123 recoveries
- Rancho Mirage: 300 cases (+5), 24 deaths and 247 recoveries
- Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 169 cases (+4), 3 deaths and 143 recoveries; Desert Edge: 84 cases (+1), 5 deaths and 69 recoveries; Desert Palms: 62 cases (+2), 3 deaths and 48 recoveries; Garnet: 270 cases (+6), 5 deaths and 239 recoveries; Mecca: 528 cases (+9), 11 deaths (+1) and 472 recoveries; North Shore: 186 cases (+3), 1 death and 147 recoveries; Oasis: 392 cases (+5), 5 deaths and 351 recoveries; Sky Valley: 55 cases, 2 deaths and 52 recoveries; Thermal: 210 cases (+1), 2 deaths and 190 recoveries; Thousand Palms: 291 cases (+11), 1 death and 250 recoveries; Vista Santa Rosa: 110 cases, 1 death and 101 recoveries
- California: 1,029,235 cases (+9,890) and 18,263 deaths (+10)
Laine Henry is an intern at The Desert Sun. You may reach him at laine.Henry@desertsun.com.