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Riverside County reports record-breaking 92 COVID deaths in 24 hour period


New Cases

Riverside County reported 2,880 new cases since Wednesday, bringing the total of cases up to 233,480.

The Coachella Valley reported 563 cases in the valley (40,028 total).

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

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


On Wednesday, Riverside County announced that vaccines would be available for residents that are 65 years and older as well as more essential workers. However, appointments were booked up quickly. There are currently no appointments available and phone lines are busy.

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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

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

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.

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


Riverside County has conducted 1,875,458 tests. The county reported 16,508 tests conducted since Tuesday.

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


Beginning on Monday, January 11th through Friday, January 15th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, the public can get free COVID-19 testing in Cathedral City at Northgate Church located at 30010 Date Palm Drive.  Testing location will be available via appointment at or by telephone at (888) 634-1123

Walk-ups will be served if a scheduled slot is a no-show or time permits.  To save time, the organizers highly recommend making an appointment via the website. 

Deaths and Recoveries

Since Monday, the county reported 92 additional COVID-19 deaths. The total number of deaths is now 2,399.

The Coachella Valley reported 19 of the county's coronavirus deaths (597 total).

Desert Hot Springs - 2
Palm Springs -    2
Cathedral City -   3
Palm Desert -   2
Indian Wells -  1
La Quinta -   2
Coachella - 1
Desert Edge - 2
Garnet - 3
Mecca - 1

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 1,040 recoveries since Wednesday. There are a total of 150,726 recoveries in Riverside County.


Riverside County reported 52 fewer hospitalizations since Wednesday bringing the total down to 1,584.

Check Out: Local medical directors share what they've learned after treating hundreds of COVID patients

The county also reported 4 more patients admitted into the ICU since Wednesday. The county currently has 368 patients in the ICU.

Check Out: See inside COVID-19 unit at Eisenhower Health as hospital sees a surge in patients

(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 01/14/21)

· Bermuda Dunes
Confirmed Cases: 510
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 331

· Cabazon
Confirmed Cases: 239
Deaths: 1
Recovered: 157

· Cathedral City
Confirmed Cases: 5,613
Deaths: 63
Recoveries: 3,787

· Coachella
Confirmed Cases: 6,598
Deaths: 55
Recovered: 4,783

· Desert Edge
Confirmed Cases: 269
Deaths: 11
Recovered: 157

· Desert Hot Springs
Confirmed Cases: 3,202
Deaths: 43
Recovered: 2,208

· Desert Palms
Confirmed Cases: 204
Deaths: 13
Recovered: 127

· Garnet
Confirmed Cases: 705
Deaths: 12
Recovered: 483

· Indian Wells
Confirmed Cases: 159
Deaths: 6
Recovered: 109

· Indio
Confirmed Cases: 9,921
Deaths: 140
Recoveries: 6,866

· La Quinta
Confirmed Cases: 2,664
Deaths: 37
Recovered: 1,727

· Mecca
Confirmed Cases: 983
Deaths: 16
Recovered: 720

· North Shore
Confirmed Cases: 302
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 253

· Oasis
Confirmed Cases: 738
Deaths: 6
Recovered: 546

· Palm Desert
Confirmed Cases: 3,110
Deaths: 75
Recovered: 2,039

· Palm Springs
Confirmed Cases: 2,939
Deaths: 80
Recovered: 1,997

· Rancho Mirage
Confirmed Cases: 805
Deaths: 27
Recovered: 493

· Sky Valley
Confirmed Cases: 161
Deaths: 2
Recovered: 96

· Thermal
Confirmed Cases: 388
Deaths: 4
Recovered: 300

· Thousand Palms
Confirmed Cases: 761
Deaths: 4
Recovered: 531

· County Jails
There are 904 cases in the County's jails, with 1 death, and 708 recoveries.·

· State Jails
There are 4,746 cases in the state's jails and 3,873 recoveries.


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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.

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