Desert Sun: California coronavirus: Riverside County numbers and latest maps
Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 1:19 p.m.
In late March, Riverside County officials predicted that hospitals would run out of life-saving resources needed to care for every COVID-19 patient seeking help by mid-April, whether that was a hospital bed or a ventilator.
We have hit the week of predicted turmoil, and while the pandemic has caused immense strain on the county health care system, hospitals are not crumbling.
It isn’t that officials were wrong in their predictions. Instead, it is likely because once the predicted curve of cases was known, officials issued strict social distancing, stay-home and face-covering orders. This slowed the spread of cases, stretching out the demand of the health care system over a longer, more manageable period of time instead of all at once.
The number of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to grow each day in California. While there are discussions looking ahead to the logistics of re-opening communities, officials still expect cases to rise in the coming weeks. The number of confirmed cases could jump as testing opens to everyone, including asymptomatic individuals, which Riverside County announced in mid-April.
As of April 20, the number of cases in Riverside County had nearly doubled from nine days prior, rising to 2,847. In late March, the doubling rate was about 4.7 days.
The Desert Sun continues to track coronavirus cases and impact across the county. Here’s what we know so far: