Riverside County’s coronavirus numbers remain too high to move into the less-restrictive yellow tier of the state’s reopening plan, based on figures released Tuesday, April 27.
To further reopen, state officials require Riverside County’s adjusted case rate — the number of new cases per 100,000 people, adjusted for the number of people tested for coronavirus — to stay below 2.0 for two consecutive weeks. The county’s rate is 3.9.
The percent of tests coming back positive is also just above the required level — 2.1%, while state officials require it to be under 2% for two consecutive weeks. The positivity rate in disadvantaged neighborhoods, though, only needs to be below 2.2%, one requirement that the county is meeting as of Tuesday.
Riverside County is averaging 91 new cases of the coronavirus per day, and the number of people hospitalized by COVID-19 is 78 as of Monday, April 26 — just above the record low of 77 it reached over the weekend. Hospitalization figures always reflect one day earlier.
Here are the latest numbers as of Tuesday, according to county and state public health officials.
Confirmed cases: 298,259 total, up 258 from Monday, averaging 91 reported per day in the past week
Deaths: 4,563 total, up four from Monday, averaging two reported per day in the past week
Hospital survey: 78 confirmed and 24 suspected patients hospitalized Monday, including 21 confirmed and two suspected patients in the ICU, with 21 of 21 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is down 5% from a week earlier.
Tests: 2,914,083 total, up 4,390 from Monday, averaging 7,187 reported per day in the past week
Recovered cases: 291,748 total, up nine from Monday, averaging 104 per day in the past week
Vaccinations*: Riverside County residents have received 1,421,968 doses, with 301,980 people partially vaccinated and another 580,737 fully vaccinated, as of Monday. The number of residents who have received at least one dose is up 48,498 from a week earlier.
Reopening plan tier: Orange (moderate risk level; some indoor business operations are open with modifications) based on these metrics as of Tuesday:
New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 3.9
Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 3.9
Test positivity rate: 2.1% (2.1% in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods)
What’s next: To advance to the yellow tier where more businesses can open or expand capacity, the county would need an adjusted case rate below 2.0 and a positivity rate below 2.0% for the whole county and 2.2% in disadvantaged neighborhoods for two consecutive weeks, and to have been in the orange tier for three weeks. Riverside County moved to the orange tier April 6. If metrics get worse, the county could move back into the more restrictive red tier.
For information on cases and deaths by community in Riverside County, click here.By RYAN HAGEN | email@example.com | The Sun
PUBLISHED: April 27, 2021 at 5:04 p.m. | UPDATED: April 27, 2021 at 5:04 p.m.