Desert Sun: Riverside County reports 47 new COVID-19 cases, one new death; 5,039 total confirmed cases

Riverside County health officials Sunday reported 47 new COVID-19 cases and one additional virus-related death. A total of 205people have died in the county since the pandemic began.

The county’s total number of cases is now 5,039. The county reported its first case about two months ago, March 7.

Currently, 189 patients are hospitalized, including 73 in intensive care. That’s an increase of one patient from numbers reported a day earlier.

Additionally, officials said 2,619 people have recovered in the county, three more patients than the day before.

In the Riverside County jail system 183 inmates have tested positive, and 120 have recovered. Two inmates in the county system have died.

Where the cases are located

Riverside County has confirmed about 204 cases per 100,000 people.

Riverside County is outpacing California’s overall testing rate with about 2,878 tests administered per 100,000 residents to date. In total, the county and private labs within the county have done 71,093 tests.

Statewide, about 2,419 tests per 100,000 people have been conducted to date.

County officials on Sunday reported five new cases and two additional deaths in the Coachella Valley’s nine cities, which have 811 positive cases and 37 virus-related deaths:

  • Cathedral City: 105 cases and 1 death
  • Coachella: 161 cases and 3 deaths
  • Desert Hot Springs: 49 cases and 0 deaths
  • Indian Wells: 13 cases and 0 deaths
  • Indio: 152 cases and 5 deaths
  • La Quinta: 82 cases and 6 deaths
  • Palm Desert: 112 cases and 10 deaths
  • Palm Springs: 108 cases and 9 deaths
  • Rancho Mirage: 29 cases and 3 deaths
  • Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 5 cases and 0 deaths; Desert Edge: 3 cases and 0 deaths; Desert Palms: 8 cases and 0 deaths; Garnet: 9 cases and 0 deaths; Mecca: 33 cases and 1 deaths; North Shore: 9 cases and 0 deaths; Oasis: 21 cases and 0 deaths; Sky Valley: 2 cases and 0 deaths; Thermal: 11 cases and 0 deaths; Thousand Palms: 7 cases and 0 deaths; Vista Santa Rosa: 5 cases and 0 deaths
  • California: 66,680 positive cases and 2,745 deaths, according to data released on Sunday

Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage reported no new cases nor deaths. Reporting rates are typically low over the weekend, though.

California testing capacity increasing, but so are virus cases

The state released new data showing, as of Saturday, more than 955,000 coronavirus tests had been completed in the state since the start of the pandemic. The 43,094 completed in the 24 hours prior to the data release moved the state a step closer to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ultimate goal of 60,000 per day.

Additionally, the total number of patients with COVID-19 in California hospitals and intensive care unit beds slightly decreased Saturday. Around the state, about 1,100 people are in the ICU due to the virus.

In Riverside County, 189 people are in the hospital with confirmed COVID-19.

The rate of new cases has not shown many signs of slowing down, however, with 2,119 new confirmed cases, a 3.3% increase from the day before. To date, May 5 had the single highest jump in new cases with 2,603 confirmed that day.

The state also launched a new public-facing data dashboard where Californians can see much of the state’s latest coronavirus data: https://update.covid19.ca.gov/.