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Riverside County reports 730 new cases & 14 deaths; 33 more patients hospitalized

Riverside County reported 730 new coronavirus cases since Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 19,450.

This is the second time this week the county reported over 700 new cases. On Wednesday, there were 745 new cases reported, the largest day-to-day increase in the pandemic.

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Over 245,000 patients have been tested and 8,352 patients have recovered from the virus.

There were 14 additional deaths reported today. Locally, Indio reported 3 deaths. Palm Desert and Desert Hot Springs each reported a death.

Riverside University Public Health System projections show that by July 7, there will be 18,811 cases. The current doubling rate is now at 25.0 days, down a day just 's doubling rate of 26.7 days.

Hospitalizations increased by 33 patients but the number of ICU patients fell by 3 additional patients. There are a total of 465 patients currently in the hospital, including 120 patients in the ICU.

93.7% of ICU beds in Riverside County are being used as of July 2. Hospitals are initiating surge capacity expansion plans.

Hospitalization data as of July 2

The number of hospitalizations includes 15 patients from correctional facilities and 6 from Imperial Countycounty data from July 2 shows.

Watch: I-Team traveled to Imperial County to learn more about why the county is seeing a surge in cases

According to California tracking, which takes into account confirmed positive and suspected cases, there are 576 patients hospitalized, an increase of 155 patients, or 36.8%, compared to two weeks ago.

There are 137 suspect & positive patients in the ICU, with 20% of ICU beds available.

The Coachella Valley had 203 new cases today, bringing the total to 5,641. In addition, the valley recorded 7 more deaths and the total now stands at 132 deaths.

Indio has the most cases in the Coachella Valley with 1,509 and most deaths with 34.

The city of Riverside has 2,712 cases, the most in the entire county. The city also has the most deaths with 128.

Cases in Coachella Valley cities & communities (As of 7/3/2020)
· Bermuda Dunes
Confirmed Cases: 51
Deaths: 1
· Cabazon
Confirmed Cases: 20
Deaths: 1
· Cathedral City
Confirmed Cases: 700
Deaths: 5
· Coachella
Confirmed Cases: 1,233
Deaths: 11
· Desert Edge
Confirmed Cases: 17
Deaths: 1
· Desert Hot Springs
Confirmed Cases: 306
Deaths: 3
· Desert Palms
Confirmed Cases: 21
Deaths: 1
· Garnet
Confirmed Cases: 64
Deaths: 0
· Indian Wells
Confirmed Cases: 22
Deaths: 0
· Indio
Confirmed Cases: 1,445
Deaths: 31
· La Quinta
Confirmed Cases: 305
Deaths: 11
· Mecca
Confirmed Cases: 189
Deaths: 5
· North Shore
Confirmed Cases: 68
Deaths: 1
· Oasis
Confirmed Cases: 127
Deaths: 0
· Palm Desert
Confirmed Cases: 436
Deaths: 30
· Palm Springs
Confirmed Cases: 345
Deaths: 16
· Rancho Mirage
Confirmed Cases: 108
Deaths: 12
· Sky Valley
Confirmed Cases: 12
Deaths: 0
· Thermal
Confirmed Cases: 79
Deaths: 0
· Thousand Palms
Confirmed Cases: 57
Deaths: 0
· County Jails
There are 253- cases in the County's jails, with 2 deaths, and 207 recoveries.· State Jails
There are 1,065 cases in the state's jails

Click here for cases by zip code

Congressman Ruiz says County hasn't done enough to prevent cases; criticizes Sheriff's enforcement of orders.

Congressman Ruiz joined Peter Daut during our special 6:30 p.m. newscast on CBS and Fox, once again saying that the county is not doing enough to prevent cases and called out Sheriff Chad Bianco for his comments on enforcing public health orders.

"When you have a sheriff who flat out thinks that wearing masks or stay at home policy is a socialist liberal agenda, it creates mixed messages, and if he is publically stating how he is not going to enforce, it puts in people's minds that it's not important enough to wear a mask. Or that this is a political issue. It's not. It's a public health issue," Ruiz said.

Bianco replied to the Congressman's comments later that day, writing in part:

"Apparently the congressman is wanting me to jail mask violators, while simultaneously supporting the releases of violent offenders released from our jail?  That is the mixed message."

Full Story: Congressman Ruiz criticizes Sheriff Bianco over comments on masks, order enforcement; Sheriff replies

This is the second time this week Congressman Ruiz has joined News Channel 3 and said that the county is not doing enough to prevent cases.

Unfortunately, the county has failed in containing this surge. Hospitals are starting to do surge intervention, the county needs to do surge intervention as well," Ruiz told News Channel 3's Karen Devine.

Full Interview: Rep Ruiz: Riverside County needs to do more to prevent coronavirus cases

California Closes Indoor Spaces for Restaurants, other sectors

"This doesn't mean restaurants shut down. It means we're trying to take activities, as many activities as we can, these mixed activities, concentrated activities, and move them outdoors," Newsoms said.

Full Details: Gov Newsom orders restaurants, other sectors to close indoor operations

Riverside County closes bars

Riverside County issued an order Monday afternoon closing bars that don't serve food starting at 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

"Since mid-June, there has been a growing health crisis with rising coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and ICU bed usage throughout our nation, the State of California and here in Riverside County," said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. "A local Riverside County order on bar closures has unfortunately become necessary to slow the spread of this virus. I want to remind everyone that facial coverings are a requirement, and encourage continuously keeping physical distance and washing our hands."

Full Details: Riverside County bars ordered to close on June 30

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

You can call the Centers for Disease Control with any questions at 211 and 800–CDC –INFO (800 – 232 – 4636).

If you want to be seen at Eisenhower Health, call their 24-hour coronavirus hotline first at 760-837-8988 or 760-TEST988. Avoid the spread of this illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

How to get tested

On Monday, Riverside County passes 100,000 tests given.

Remember, you can get tested even if you do not have symptoms. Testing was expanded to include all residents on April 17.

There are testing site all over the valley now.

Click here to find the closest testing site to you

Riverside County operates testing sites in Indio, Blythe, Perris, Riverside, and Lake Elsinore.

If you want to get tested at one of the other five Riverside County testing sites, you will need to call 800-945-6171 to set up an appointment. Officials said the turnaround time for test results is typically 3-4 days.

You can now schedule an appoint online as well. Appointments are available by going to www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing.

A walk-up testing site opened on Monday at the Cathedral City library. The site will be open from Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. Call for an appointment by calling (800) 945-6171.

There is a testing site open in Coachella, on 85365 Dillon Road. The Coachella site will be open Fridays and Saturdays. Call (833) 624-1097 to set-up a testing appointment.

The state also opened eight testing sites across Riverside County that could test 1,000 people every day.

The following locations will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment only:

  • Moses Schaffer Community Center
    21565 Steele Peak
    Perris, CA 92570
  • Mead Valley Senior Center
    21091 Rider St., Suite 102
    Perris, CA 92570
  • Jurupa Valley Fleet Center 
    5293 Mission Boulevard
    Riverside, CA 92509
  • Nellie Weaver Hall
    3737 Crestview
    Norco, CA 92860

The following locations will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Lozano Community Center
    12-800 West Arroyo
    Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
  • Noble Creek Community Center
    390 W. Oak Valley Parkway
    Beaumont, CA 92223
  • Valle Vista Community Center
    43935 E. Acacia Ave.
    Hemet, CA 92544
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