Riverside County reports 1,377 new coronavirus cases since Wednesday – KESQ

Riverside County surpassed its highest day-to-day case increase for the second day in a row, but this time by more than 500 cases.

On Thursday, Riverside County reported 1,377 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours. The total number of cases is now 23,334.

272,981 tests have been conducted so far.

Case notes as of July 9

On Wednesday, Riverside County reported 856 new cases, then the highest day-to-day increase.

174 patients recovered since Wednesday, bringing the total to 9,246.

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According to the state’s data, Riverside County currently has a 7-day positivity rate of 14.4%. The state’s threshold is 8%.

The 7-day testing positivity rate is used to assess the level of COVID-19 burden in a county. The higher the number, the more a county is impacted by COVID-19.

According to projections by health officials, Riverside County is expected to reach 29,809 cases by July 20.

Riverside County reported 18 deaths today. The total number of deaths now stands at 533.

Notes on county deaths as of July 9

Hospitalizations slightly increased, today by 7 patients. The number of patients in the ICU decreased by 5 patients.

There are currently 513 patients hospitalized, this includes 117 patients in the ICU.

Hospitalization data (July 8)

The county reports that there are 8 patients currently hospitalized that are inmates and 7 patients from Imperial County.

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

According to California data, which also takes into account the number of suspected positive coronavirus patients, there are a total of 664 patients currently hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons. That’s up 227 patients, or 51.7%, compared to two weeks ago.

There are 127 patients in the ICU for coronavirus-related reasons, an increase of 5 patients, or 4.1%, compared to two weeks ago.


The valley reported 361 cases today, the largest count ever recorded in valley even including the three-day weekend numbers. There are 6,691 recorded cases in Coachella Valley so far.

There were 6 deaths reported in the valley for the third day in a row. In total, 151 people have died.

Desert Hot Springs recorded 2 deaths, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, & Coachella each reported 1 death.

The city of Indio continues to have the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths by an increasingly large margin. Today, Indio reported 91 cases and no deaths. Indio now has 1,769 cases and 42 deaths.

Cases in Coachella Valley cities & communities (As of 7/9/2020)
· Bermuda Dunes
Confirmed Cases: 64
Deaths: 1
· Cabazon
Confirmed Cases: 22
Deaths: 1
· Cathedral City
Confirmed Cases: 852
Deaths: 7
· Coachella
Confirmed Cases: 1,365
Deaths: 13
· Desert Edge
Confirmed Cases: 20
Deaths: 2
· Desert Hot Springs
Confirmed Cases: 396
Deaths: 5
· Desert Palms
Confirmed Cases: 27
Deaths: 2
· Garnet
Confirmed Cases: 81
Deaths: 0
· Indian Wells
Confirmed Cases: 23
Deaths: 0
· Indio
Confirmed Cases: 1,769
Deaths: 42
· La Quinta
Confirmed Cases: 387
Deaths: 11
· Mecca
Confirmed Cases: 212
Deaths: 6
· North Shore
Confirmed Cases: 75
Deaths: 1
· Oasis
Confirmed Cases: 149
Deaths: 0
· Palm Desert
Confirmed Cases: 536
Deaths: 31
· Palm Springs
Confirmed Cases: 432
Deaths: 17
· Rancho Mirage
Confirmed Cases: 120
Deaths: 12
· Sky Valley
Confirmed Cases: 17
Deaths: 0
· Thermal
Confirmed Cases: 90
Deaths: 0
· Thousand Palms
Confirmed Cases: 84
Deaths: 0
· County Jails
There are 258- cases in the County’s jails, with 2 deaths, and 207 recoveries.· State Jails
There are 1,080 cases in the state’s jails


Riverside County services offered primarily online

On Wednesday, Riverside County announced that starting on Monday, July 13, county services will be primarily offered through online methods, over the phone or by mail. The County Administrative Center, along with many other county buildings, will close to the public on Monday, July 13.

Doctor at Eisenhower describes coronavirus ‘hell show’

“Hell show,” that’s how one doctor at Eisenhower in Rancho Mirage describes what’s happening there right now with coronavirus.

We discussed this doctor’s post with Dr. Alan Williamson, Chief Medical Officer at Eisenhower

Full Interview: Eisenhower responds to doctor’s claims of coronavirus ‘hell show’ at hospital

Mental and emotional impact of COVID-19 on local hospital staff

For many of our local healthcare heroes, the unprecedented daily fight against coronavirus has been physically and emotionally grueling. 

“The stress is pretty real,” said Dr. Andrew Kassinove, Chief of Staff at J.F.K. Memorial Hospital. “I think that we as E.R. doctors and nurses do deal with death and dying on a regular basis, but COVID-19 has stressed that to the limit,” he said. 

Full Story: Local hospital workers discuss mental and emotional impact of COVID-19 on staff

Congressman Ruiz says County hasn’t done enough to prevent cases; criticizes the 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

Follow-up: Congressman Ruiz criticizes Sheriff Bianco over comments on masks, order enforcement

It was the second time in a 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


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  • 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, 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

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

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