COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have all increased this week compared to the previous week in Riverside County.
Riverside County reported 2,386 new cases this week, up 12% from 2,124 the week before, according to county data.
On Friday, the county’s case and positivity rates were 13.3 per 100,000 and 4.5%, respectively. Both rates increased from Oct. 22 – when the case rate was 11.3 per 100,000 and the positivity rate was 4.4%.
During California’s grand reopening on June 15, when numerous COVID-19 restrictions were lifted for businesses, Riverside County had a case rate of 1.5 per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 1. 1%.
With the end of October approaching, there have been over 10,100 cases so far this month, exceeding case totals for the months of March (5,011), April (3,899), May (2,251) , June (1005) and July (6,840). This is still much lower than the totals for August (27,507) and September (17,908).
There have been 986 confirmed cases of the delta variant in the county from specimens collected between April and October 4. However, this could be a significant undercoverage as the county said there was “a lag in the data of up to a month or more due to the time it takes for labs to sequence and report variant cases. in the public health service. “
Riverside County has again returned to a “high” community transmission rate, which is defined as having more than 100 cumulative cases per 100,000 in the past seven days, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker .
The Palm Springs Unified School District has reported that 14 students and seven staff from 27 schools have tested positive for COVID-19. Bubbling Wells Elementary Schools, Desert Springs Middle and Rancho Mirage each have two student cases and one staff case as of Friday.
The Desert Sands Unified School District has reported that 61 students and 12 staff from 36 schools have tested positive for COVID-19. James Monroe Elementary School had reported eight active cases among students and two among staff as of Friday.
The Coachella Valley Unified School District reported a total of 15 active cases of COVID-19 among students and two among staff on Friday. At Saul Martinez Primary School, there were four cases among students, according to the district.
There have been 50 more deaths reported this week, bringing the total to 5,194 since the start of the pandemic. This is an increase of almost 32% from last week, when 38 deaths were reported.
Hospitalizations also increased slightly after several weeks of decline. The week started with 210 hospitalizations on Monday and ended with 220 hospitalizations on Friday. Despite the increase, hospitalizations have not been so low since July 27, when there were 222. There were also 54 people in intensive care on Friday, which has remained about the same throughout. week.
In Riverside County, 60.4% of residents aged 12 and over are fully immunized, while 6.8% are partially immunized. The county reports that 112,384 third doses / boosters were administered.
Here are the latest vaccination figures for the nine towns in the Coachella Valley:
- Cathedral City: 73.11% fully vaccinated; 8.13% partially vaccinated
- Coachella: 64.14% fully vaccinated; 9.25% partially vaccinated
- Desert hot springs: 66.19% fully vaccinated; 9.32% partially vaccinated
- Indian goods: 79.58% fully vaccinated; 9.66% partially vaccinated
- Indian : 66.88% fully vaccinated; 8.88% partially vaccinated
- The quinta: 73.76% fully vaccinated; 7.81% partially vaccinated
- Palm Desert: 78.11% fully vaccinated; 8.57% partially vaccinated
- Palm Springs: 82.63% fully vaccinated; 9.32% partially vaccinated
- Rancho Mirage: 84.55% fully vaccinated; 8.48% partially vaccinated
Ema Sasic covers health in the Coachella Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ema_sasic.