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Riverside County reports 3,514 new cases, 29 deaths, & 14 hospitalizations since Thursday

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New Cases Today

Riverside County reported 3,514 new cases since Wednesday, bringing the total of cases up to 207,841. Today's case increase includes cases not counted due to a glitch with the state's reporting. The issue appears to be fixed now.

Riverside County reached 200,000 cases on Tuesday, doubling the number of cases in less than a month as the county reached 100,000 cases on Dec. 8.

The Coachella Valley reporting 585 cases (35,928 total).

Check out the county map below
(Note Data will continue to update past today)

Stay-at-home Order extended in SoCal Region (Including Riverside County)

As a reminder, the stay-at-home order is still in effect in the the Southern California region, which includes Riverside County.

The region's current ICU bed availability remains at 0.0%. It needs to reach at least 15% for the order to be lifted.

Click here for more details on the order

Barbershops and hair salons are closed, restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery only, and capacity inside retail stores and shopping centers is maxed at 20%.

Hotels and lodging are able to stay remain open for critical infrastructure support, as can offices. Schools with waivers will be allowed to remain open. Places of worship are restricted to outdoor only services.

The following businesses/recreational facilities will be required to close:
-- indoor and outdoor playgrounds;
-- indoor recreational facilities;
-- hair salons and barbershops;
-- personal care services;
-- museums, zoos, and aquariums;
-- movie theaters;
-- wineries;
-- bars, breweries and distilleries;
-- family entertainment centers;
-- cardrooms and satellite wagering;
-- limited services;
-- live audience sports; and
-- amusement parks

Stay up-to-date with the latest local coronavirus news, including reopenings and closing, new case data, live news conferences, and other updates at KESQ.com/Coronavirus or download the News Channel 3 app on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Testing

The number of tests has not been updated over the past 24 hours. We are reaching out to find out if this is an issue with state reporting. The number of tests conducted is 1,749,027.

How to get tested

Remember, you can get tested even if you do not have symptoms. Testing is available to all county residents.

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.

Click here to find the closest testing site to you

Find County Testing Sites

The hours at the Indio testing site have been expanded. The hours of operation runs from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Deaths and Recoveries

Since Monday, the county reported 29 additional COVID-19 deaths. The total number of deaths is now 2,218.

The Coachella Valley reported 6 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours (560 total).

  • 1 death in Cathedral City
  • 5 deaths in Indio

Read: Pregnant woman & mother of five dies of COVID complications on Christmas morning

Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari noted that an analysis into suicides & overdoses in Riverside County revealed that suicides are down about 27% in the county, however, overdoses are up 19%. Most of the increase is in the 15-24 year-old age group, Saruwatari told Supervisors. 96% of the overdoses are unintentional.

In November, 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, 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.

Full Details: COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in Riverside County in 2020

Riverside County reported 710 recoveries since Thursday. There are a total of 134,691 recoveries in Riverside County.

Hospitalizations

Riverside County reported 14 more hospitalizations since Thursday, bringing the total up to 1,648.

The county also reported 6 more patients admitted into the ICU since Wednesday. The county currently has 370 patients in the ICU.

(Note Data will continue to update past today)

This comes as the county's ICU bed availability percentage remains at 0%, meaning hospitals are in their surge plans. Hospitals are converting rooms to make room for more patients.

Full Story: What Riverside County will need to do to avert 'unsustainable' overwhelming of hospitals

Coachella Valley Numbers

Cases in Coachella Valley Cities and Communities (As of 01/08/21)

· Bermuda Dunes
Confirmed Cases: 430
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 299

· Cabazon
Confirmed Cases: 211
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 133

· Cathedral City
Confirmed Cases: 5,023
Deaths: 57
Recoveries: 3,461

· Coachella
Confirmed Cases: 6,019
Deaths: 52
Recovered: 4,434

· Desert Edge
Confirmed Cases: 234
Deaths: 8
Recovered: 138

· Desert Hot Springs
Confirmed Cases: 2,852
Deaths: 40
Recovered: 1,992

· Desert Palms
Confirmed Cases: 182
Deaths: 13
Recovered: 111

· Garnet
Confirmed Cases: 634
Deaths: 9
Recovered: 430

· Indian Wells
Confirmed Cases: 150
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 101

· Indio
Confirmed Cases: 8,894
Deaths: 135
Recoveries: 6,318

· La Quinta
Confirmed Cases: 2,335
Deaths: 30
Recovered: 1,566

· Mecca
Confirmed Cases: 891
Deaths: 15
Recovered: 689

· North Shore
Confirmed Cases: 287
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 245

· Oasis
Confirmed Cases: 679
Deaths: 6
Recovered: 521

· Palm Desert
Confirmed Cases: 2,770
Deaths: 73
Recovered: 1,866

· Palm Springs
Confirmed Cases: 2,651
Deaths: 78
Recovered: 1,835

· Rancho Mirage
Confirmed Cases: 716
Deaths: 26
Recovered: 448

· Sky Valley
Confirmed Cases: 134
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 86

· Thermal
Confirmed Cases: 357
Deaths: 4
Recovered: 278

· Thousand Palms
Confirmed Cases: 673
Deaths: 4
Recovered: 481

· County Jails
There are 878 cases in the County's jails, with 1 death, and 647 recoveries.·

· State Jails
There are 4,590 cases in the state's jails and 3,804 recoveries.

Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

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 coronavirus hotline first at 760-837-8988 or 760-TEST988 with is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Avoid the spread of this illness.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing updates.

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