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Riverside County breaks record for coronavirus hospitalizations – KESQ


Dec 1, 2020

Case Changes Since Friday

Riverside County reported 2,126 new cases since Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 84,412.

Check out the county map below
(Note Data will continue to update past today)

California issues stricter mask mandate, implements 10 p.m. curfew

Governor Gavin Newsom said in his update on Monday, Nov 30 that if coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue surging at their current level across the state, “we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic action,” including a possible stay-at-home order.

The current orders are a 10 p.m. curfew for counties in the purple tier, this includes Riverside County. This remains in effect until Dec. 21.

Details: California implements 10 p.m. curfew for counties in purple tier

51 of the state’s 58 counties, or 99.1% of the state’s population, are currently in the restrictive "purple" tier, which severely restricts capacity at retail establishments, closes fitness centers and limits restaurants to limited outdoor-only service.

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

Riverside County has been in the purple tier since Oct. 20 and has continued to move further away from the metrics needed to move into the red tier.

Riverside County metrics for this week (Nov. 30)

  • 38.9 new cases per day per 100K (Last week 33.9)
  • 27.7 adjusted case rate (Last Week 27.2)
  • 10.1% positivity rate (Last Week 9.9%)

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This comes just a few days after the California Department of Public Health issued a stricter mandate requiring people to wear face coverings when outside of the home at all times with few exceptions.

More Details: California issues mandate requiring face coverings at all times when outdoors


1,109,560 tests have been conducted so far, this increased by 26,314 since Friday

Riverside County will need to tests at least 52,500 people a week in order to move out of the state’s most restrictive tier of reopening.

County officials say that number of tested will allow health experts to identify hotspots of community spread and isolate those who may or may not have symptoms and are unknowingly spreading the disease.

How to get tested

Remember, you can get tested even if you do not have symptoms. Testing is available to all county residents.

You are now able to get a free test at many Rite-Aids in the area. Click here for a full list of stores and to schedule your appointment.

Click here to find the closest testing site to you

Find County Testing Sites

The hours at the Indio testing site have been expanded. Starting Tuesday, the hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Deaths and Recoveries

The county reported 5 additional COVID-19 death since Friday. The total number of deaths remains at 1,442.

The Coachella Valley accounted for two of the deaths, one person was from Palm Desert and other person was from the unincorporated community of Oasis

Earlier this month, Riverside County Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari reported that COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in Riverside County in 2020.

Cancer and heart disease, also leading causes of death in Riverside County, also increased in 2020, as did COVID-19.

“It’s not that we are detracting from our other leading causes of death and adding to COVID. We are seeing a true increase in death due to COVID,” Saruwatari said.

Full Details: COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in Riverside County in 2020

Riverside County has reported 603 additional recoveries over the same time span. The total number of recoveries is now at 67,305.


COVID-related hospitalizations increased by 87 patients since Friday, bringing the total up to 585. This is the most coronavirus-related patients in Riverside County in a single time since the start of the pandemic. The previous peak was 548 on July 15.

Riverside County reported 14 more patients admitted into the ICU since Friday. There are currently 129 patients in ICUs across Riverside County.

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(Note Data will continue to update past today)

Earlier this month, Eisenhower Health shared an update on how the situation is looking at the hospital.

Chief Operating Officer, Martin Massiello, noted that while current trends are in line with what hospital officials predicted, the Epidemiology Department is predicting that the surge will be worse than the one in July.

Read: Eisenhower COO: Predictions show current surge will be worse than in July

Also this month, the hospital published a note to staff from Masiello raising the alarm on a sharp increase of cases at the hospital.

The 7-day percent positivity rate at Eisenhower Health is currently 11%, a 14% increase in the past four days. Just two weeks ago, the percent positivity rate at the hospital was 5%, the highest it had been since August.

Coachella Valley Numbers

Cases in Coachella Valley Cities and Communities (As of 11/30/20)

· Bermuda Dunes
Confirmed Cases: 202
Deaths: 3
Recovered: 150

· Cabazon
Confirmed Cases: 89
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 67

· Cathedral City
Confirmed Cases: 2,400
Deaths: 39
Recoveries: 2,089

· Coachella
Confirmed Cases: 3,314
Deaths: 33
Recovered: 2,919

· Desert Edge
Confirmed Cases: 89
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 72

· Desert Hot Springs
Confirmed Cases: 1,453
Deaths: 30
Recovered: 1,208

· Desert Palms
Confirmed Cases: 73
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 51

· Garnet
Confirmed Cases: 282
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 244

· Indian Wells
Confirmed Cases: 70
Deaths: 4
Recovered: 52

· Indio
Confirmed Cases: 4,668
Deaths: 95
Recoveries: 4,027

· La Quinta
Confirmed Cases: 1,092
Deaths: 19
Recovered: 926

· Mecca
Confirmed Cases: 567
Deaths: 11
Recovered: 483

· North Shore
Confirmed Cases: 202
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 159

· Oasis
Confirmed Cases: 425
Deaths: 6
Recovered: 369

· Palm Desert
Confirmed Cases: 1,383
Deaths: 63
Recovered: 1,106

· Palm Springs
Confirmed Cases: 1,383
Deaths: 64
Recovered: 1,144

· Rancho Mirage
Confirmed Cases: 328
Deaths: 25
Recovered: 256

· Sky Valley
Confirmed Cases: 59
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 52

· Thermal
Confirmed Cases: 229
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 195

· Thousand Palms
Confirmed Cases: 319
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 254

· County Jails
There are 526 cases in the County’s jails, with 1 death, and 450 recoveries.·

· State Jails
There are 3,540 cases in the state’s jails and 3,110 recoveries.


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  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
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These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC.

You can call the Centers for Disease Control with any questions at 211 and 800–CDC –INFO (800 – 232 – 4636).

If you want to be seen at Eisenhower Health, call their coronavirus hotline first at 760-837-8988 or 760-TEST988 with is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Avoid the spread of this illness.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.


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