Riverside County health officials are reporting 70 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths Friday bringing the countywide totals to 300,701 cases and 4,608 deaths.

There are 15 new COVID19 cases and no new deaths in the Coachella Valley.

This is the update for the Coachella Valley city-by-city:

Desert Hot Springs: 4,249 (+2) cases, 73 deaths
Cathedral City: 7,158 (+4) cases, 111 deaths
Palm Springs: 3,771 (+1) cases, 125 deaths
Rancho Mirage: 1,107 (+1) cases, 50 deaths
Palm Desert: 3,988 (+2) cases, 119 deaths
Indian Wells: 197 cases, 6 deaths
La Quinta: 3,455 (+2) cases, 61 deaths
Indio: 12,386 (+1) cases, 223 deaths
Coachella: 7,930 (+1) cases, 97 deaths
Thousand Palms: 1,054 (+1) cases, 9 deaths
Bermuda Dunes: 656 cases, 10 deaths
Thermal: 476 cases, 9 deaths
Mecca: 1,135 cases, 19 deaths
North Shore: 360 cases, 1 death
Oasis: 879 cases, 9  deaths
Sky Valley: 223, 5 deaths
Cabazon: 326 cases, 7 death
Anza: 151 cases, 1 death

There are 995 active cases of coronavirus. This number is derived from the total number of confirmed cases and the subtraction of the total number of recoveries and deaths.

According to the county, there are 12,598 probable cases based on antigen tests.

According to the Riverside University Health System, 39 patients infected with coronavirus were hospitalized countywide as of Friday. That number includes 6 patients in intensive care units.

There are no newly reported fatalities keeping the county’s coronavirus death toll to 4,608.

The number of documented patient recoveries stands at 295,098.

The next step is reaching the yellow tier — the designation with the least restrictions — which requires both a positivity rate less than 2% and a new-case rate of fewer than 2 per 100,000 residents. Both are based on rolling seven-day averages and must be sustained for two consecutive weeks.

Entering the yellow tier would allow higher attendance limits at most businesses. In some instances, the designation would double the attendance allowed under the orange tier.

Los Angeles is the only county in Southern California to advance to the yellow tier so far.

Information on tier requirements can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

The doubling time — or the number of days in which documented virus cases increase 100% — is 156 days. A doubling rate of seven days is reason for alarm, while expanding doubling times point to moderation, or gradual success in virus containment, according to health officials.

The county’s coronavirus positivity rate was at 1.5%, compared to 1.6% last week, and the state-adjusted case rate is 2.5 per 100,000 people, which reflects a rolling seven-day average. Two weeks ago, it was 2.8 per 100,000.

Since December, the county has administered more than 1.6 million doses of the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, according to RUHS. The latter one-dose immunization therapy was briefly suspended under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory pertaining to negative reactions among a few patients. But the J&J product became available again a week ago.

The portal to make an appointment for vaccination can be accessed via www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine. Anyone who needs assistance may also call the county’s 211 help-line.

Residents of all ages are encouraged to get tested, with or without symptoms, to identify where the disease is currently present in the community and where it is not. Testing continues to be an integral focus as more residents visit more businesses. Visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing for more information on testing locations and how to make an appointment.

Taylor Martinez& City News Service
Posted: May 28, 2021 10:45 AM PST
Updated: May 28, 2021 12:22 PM PST


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