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307 In The Hospital Battling Covid-19 In Riverside County

Coronavirus particle, illustration. Different strains of coronavirus are responsible for diseases such as the common cold, gastroenteritis and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). A new coronavirus (2019-CoV) emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The virus causes a mild respiratory illness that can develop into pneumonia and be fatal in some cases. The coronaviruses take their name from their crown (corona) of surface proteins, which are used to attach and penetrate their host cells. Once inside the cells, the particles use the cells' machinery to make more copies of the virus.

California has tested 9,445,493 of its 40 million people for the Covid-19 virus, since March 2020.  That’s 23.61% of the population.


30,554,307 people still need to be tested in California.


6.27% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested positive. That’s 593,141 people.


93.70% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested negative.  That’s 8,852,352 people.


California has 10,808 deaths from Covid-19, which is 1.82% of those who have tested positiveNew York State times the number of Covid-19 deaths as California.


California hospitals report under 1% of the people who have tested positive are hospitalized, which is 5,236 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the hospitals. 1,672 of those patients are in ICU.  The State also reports having another 1,188 “Suspected Covid-19” patients.




Riverside County has tested 434,405 people for Covid-19 since March 2020, out of a population of 2.5 million.  That’s 17.37% of the County’s population. 82.62% of the population has not been tested for Covid-19


2,065,595 people still need to be tested in the county.


10.28% of the people tested for Covid-19 have tested positive.

That’s 44,679 people.


89.71% of the people tested for Covid-19 in Riverside County have tested negative.  That’s 389,726 people.


Of the 44,679 people who have tested positive in Riverside County,

52.12% of them, 23,287, have fully recovered.

45.22% of them, 20,206 are at home recovering and are not getting any medical assistance. Together, that’s 97.34% of all the positive cases.


Well under 1%,  6/10ths of 1%,  of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 307 people, remain hospitalized, and 94 of them are in Intensive Care.


1.93% of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 879 people, have died from Covid-19. 278 of those deaths have been in the Coachella Valley, which is 31.62% of the County’s total. 253deaths in cities, 25 deaths in unincorporated areas…8 in Mecca,  1 in Vista Santa Rosa, 3 in Bermuda Dunes, 4 in Garnet, 2 in Desert Palms, 4 in Desert Edge, 2 in Oasis, and 1 in North Shore.


11,894 positive cases have been recorded in the Coachella Valley since March 8th, 2020, when the testing and counting began. The Coachella Valley has accounted for 26.62% of the positive cases in Riverside County.


1,547 cases are in unincorporated areas of the desert;

(Mecca 363 cases, Thermal 145 cases, Oasis 276,  North Shore 110 cases, Bermuda Dunes 103 cases, Thousand Palms 181 cases, Vista Santa Rosa 71 cases, Garnet 180 cases, Desert Palms 41 cases, Desert Edge 43 cases, and Sky Valley 34 cases)


10,347 cases are in cities in the desert:

872 cases in Palm Springs, 40 dead

212 cases in Rancho Mirage, 17 dead

858 cases in Palm Desert, 47 dead

1,603 cases in Cathedral City, 26 dead

2,166 cases in Coachella,  21 dead

3,018 cases in Indio, 64 dead

659 cases in La Quinta, 16 dead

917 cases in Desert Hot Springs, 20 dead

42 in Indian Wells, 2 deaths

20 cases in Idyllwild/Pine Cove, 1 death

42 cases in Cabazon, 1 dead



In Riverside County:

There are no deaths from Covid-19 for anyone from newborn to age 17.

deaths among people aged 18-24.

38 deaths among people aged 25-44

222 deaths among people aged 45-64

424 deaths among people aged 64-84

191 deaths among people aged 85 and up.


Riverside County has 2,923 cases in nursing homes, with 1,811 cases among patients, and 1,112 cases among staff. The overwhelming majority of nursing home cases, 856 cases, are in the City of Riverside.

In Coachella Valley nursing facilities, there have been 190 cases in Palm Desert, 130 in Palm Springs, 59 in Rancho Mirage, 54 in Indio, 50 in La Quinta,


Riverside County is no longer providing capacity statistics for the hospitals in the county.


The federal temporary hospitals built at the County Fairgrounds in Indio and the old Sears Store in Riverside months ago, are still equipped and ready to be used.   They are not currently being used because they are not needed at this time.   They are not staffed right now because there are no patients there.


If they are needed, they can quickly be staffed and put into operation.


All testing is free to the patient being tested. Be patient, you might have to wait a while to get an appointment.

Drive-thru testing is available by appointment only at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio from 9 a-m to 3 p-m Tuesday through Saturday, by appt only. You can also get tested at the Cathedral City Library on Date Palm Drive. Go online to to make an appointment or call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment, and you no longer need to have symptoms to schedule a test.


Go online to or call 888-634-1123 to make an appointment to get tested at the Lozano Community Center in Desert Hot Springs or at Bagdouma Park Community Center on Douma Street in Coachella

Or call 760-992-0407 to get tested at the Desert Aids Project in Palm Springs. Or go to

To get a test through Borrego Health, call 833-624-1097 to make an appointment in Coachella.  Or for a complete listing of Borrego Health test sites in the desert.


To get tested at a CVS drug store in the Coachella Valley, make an appt at Testing available at the following CVS Stores in the desert.

— 82-270 Highway 111, Indio

— 425 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs

— 84010 Avenue 50, Coachella

— 42150 A Jackson St., Indio

— 44075 Jefferson St., La Quinta


If you have any questions about Covid-19, call Eisenhower Health Covid-19 Hotline at 760-TEST-988.


It is staffed by registered nurses 24/7 to answer Covid-19 questions.


The Riverside County General Information Covid-19 line is 2-1-1.


California information


Federal information


Rite Aid is expanding its COVID-19 testing capacity across California too.


Testing will be available by appointment for people 18 years of age or older, regardless of whether the person is experiencing symptoms, according to Rite Aid. Results are expected in three to five days, a company spokesperson said.


The Riverside County locations providing testing are:

— 910 W. Ontario Ave., Corona;

— 1688 N. Perris Blvd., Perris;

— 16491 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Elsinore;

— 8015 Limonite Ave., Riverside;

— 616 E. Hobson Way, Blythe;

— 260 N. Sanderson Ave., Hemet;

 12900 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs;

— 806 Ramsey St., Banning;

— 1180 N. State St., San Jacinto;

— 894 Oak Valley Parkway, Suite B, Beaumont;

— 42021 E. Florida Ave., Hemet;

— 51101 Cesar Chavez St., Coachella;

— 47985 Monroe St., Building A, Indio; 

— 1660 E. First St., Beaumont.


The sites will utilize self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists and will operate weekdays from 10 a.m to 8 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Patients must provide government-issued ID, be at least 18 and pre-register online at to schedule an appointment.




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