Case Changes Today
Riverside County reported 433 new cases since Wednesday. This brings the total number of cases to 78,442.
The Coachella Valley reported 86 new cases (17,710 total)
Check out the county map below
(Note Data will continue to update past today)
California issues stricter mask mandate, implements 10 p.m. curfew
Governor Newsom's office issued a 10 p.m. curfew for counties in the purple tier, this includes Riverside County.
The curfew goes into effect on Saturday, November 21 and will be in place until December 21.
Curfew being implemented for counties in purple, this includes Riverside County. ~94% of the state's population live in counties currently in the purple tier. More here: https://t.co/m1YFnYsvJR pic.twitter.com/VSgnijBkgO— Haley Clawson KESQ (@KESQHaley) November 19, 2020
"The virus is spreading at a pace we haven't seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm," Newsom said. "It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We've done it before and we must do it again."
This comes just a few days after the California Department of Public Health issued a stricter mandate requiring people to wear face coverings when outside of the home at all times with few exceptions.
On Monday, the governor called the recent increase in cases an "unprecedented" spike across the state.
Newsom said daily cases numbers in the state "have doubled just in
the last 10 days. This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since
the beginning of this pandemic.''
At the start of November, the state saw a 51.3% increase in a one-week period, he said.
The move means 41 of the state's 58 counties are now in the restrictive
"purple" tier, which severely restricts capacity at retail establishments, closes fitness centers and limits restaurants to limited outdoor-only service.
Riverside County has been in the purple tier since Oct. 20 and has continued to move further away from the metrics needed to move into the red tier.
Riverside County metrics this week (Nov. 16)
- 21.1 new cases per day per 100K (Needs to be between 4-7)
- 22.4 adjusted case rate (Needs to be between 4-7)
- 8.9% positivity rate (Needs to be between 5-8%)
- 8.5% Health equity quartile positivity rate (Needs to be between 5.3-8.0%)
992,064 tests have been conducted so far, this increased by 11,272 over the past 24 hours.
Riverside County will need to tests at least 52,500 people a week in order to move out of the state's most restrictive tier of reopening.
County officials say that number of tested will allow health experts to identify hotspots of community spread and isolate those who may or may not have symptoms and are unknowingly spreading the disease.
How to get tested
You are now able to get a free test at many Rite-Aids in the area. Click here for a full list of stores and to schedule your appointment.
The hours at the Indio testing site have been expanded. Starting Tuesday, the hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Deaths and Recoveries
The county reported 4 additional COVID-19 death since Thursday. The total number of deaths remains at 1,400.
The Coachella Valley reported one death today, it was in Palm Desert.
During last week's, Board of Supervisors meeting, Riverside County Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari reported that COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in Riverside County in 2020.
Cancer and heart disease, also leading causes of death in Riverside County, also increased in 2020, as did COVID-19.
"It's not that we are detracting from our other leading causes of death and adding to COVID. We are seeing a true increase in death due to COVID," Saruwatari said.
Riverside County has reported 186 additional recoveries over the same time span. The total number of recoveries is now at 65,613.
Hospitalizations and ICU patients in Riverside County both increased over the past 24 hours.
Hospitalizations grew by 13 patients bringing the total to 375. Patients in the ICU increased by 14 bringing the total to 99.
Today marked one of the largest day-to-day increases in ICU patients, and the largest since July 30. If the number of patients in the ICU goes over 100 in the next few days, it would be the first time to do so since August 12.
Last Monday, Eisenhower Health posted a letter warning of an alarming increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
"Needless to say, this is an alarming trend and one that we anticipated based on our current positivity rate; however, the inpatient cases admitted over the last 24 hours is unprecedented," wrote Eisenhower Health COO Martin Massiello.
Hospitalizations and ICUs are on the rise across the state, according to Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly and Governor Newsom.
#COVID19 update:— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 16, 2020
- Average daily tests: 164,345
- Average test positivity rate: 4.6%
- Daily case average: 8,198
- Hospitalizations: 48% increase over last 2 weeks
- ICU: 39% increase over last 2 weeks
(Note Data will continue to update past today)
“We have had an increase in hospitalizations let say over the last month, which is somewhat alarming, but our capacity for ICU beds and overall beds is well within the capacity of our hospitals," said County Spokesperson Jose Arballo Jr.
Coachella Valley Numbers
Cases in Coachella Valley Cities and Communities (As of 11/20/20)
· Bermuda Dunes
Confirmed Cases: 177
Confirmed Cases: 78
· Cathedral City
Confirmed Cases: 2,289
Confirmed Cases: 3,187
· Desert Edge
Confirmed Cases: 87
· Desert Hot Springs
Confirmed Cases: 1,365
· Desert Palms
Confirmed Cases: 67
Confirmed Cases: 272
· Indian Wells
Confirmed Cases: 65
Confirmed Cases: 4,498
· La Quinta
Confirmed Cases: 1,049
Confirmed Cases: 544
· North Shore
Confirmed Cases: 192
Confirmed Cases: 407
· Palm Desert
Confirmed Cases: 1,307
· Palm Springs
Confirmed Cases: 1,329
· Rancho Mirage
Confirmed Cases: 305
· Sky Valley
Confirmed Cases: 55
Confirmed Cases: 213
· Thousand Palms
Confirmed Cases: 302
· County Jails
There are 498 cases in the County's jails, with 1 death, and 440 recoveries.·
· State Jails
There are 3,532 cases in the state's jails and 2,962 recoveries.
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