California has tested 10,227,966 of its 40 million people for the Covid-19 virus, since March 2020.  That’s 25.56% of the population.


29,772,034 people still need to be tested in California, that’s 74.43% of the state’s population. It’ll take 341 days to test everyone in California at the current rate of testing.


6.309% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested positive. That’s 644,751 people.


93.69% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested negative.  That’s 9,583,215 people.


California has 11,686 deaths from Covid-19, which is 1.81% of those who have tested positive.


California hospitals report 7/10th’s of 1% of the people who have tested positive, are hospitalized, which is 4,890 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the hospitals. 1,557 of those patients are in ICU.  The State also reports having another 1,322 “Suspected Covid-19” patients.




Riverside County has tested 474,861 people for Covid-19 since March 2020, out of a population of 2.5 million.  That’s 18.99% of the County’s population.


2,025,139 people still need to be tested in the county, that’s 81% of the county’s population. The County tested 3,850 people on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. At that rate of testing, it will take the county 526 days to test every resident.


10.30% of the people tested for Covid-19 have tested positive. That’s 48,956 people.


89.69% of the people tested for Covid-19  have tested negative.  That’s 425,905 people.



Of the 48,956 people who have tested positive in Riverside County,

53.88% of them, 26,382, have fully recovered.

43.68% of them, 21,385 are at home recovering and are not getting any medical assistance. Together, that’s 97.56% of all the positive cases.


½ of 1%, of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 267 people, remain hospitalized, and 90 of them are in Intensive Care.


1.88% of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 922 people, have died from Covid-19. 290 of those deaths have been in the Coachella Valley, which is 31.45% of the County’s total. 262 deaths in cities, 28 deaths in unincorporated areas…8 in Mecca,  1 in Vista Santa Rosa, 3 in Bermuda Dunes, 5 in Garnet, 2 in Desert Palms, 4 in Desert Edge, 3 in Oasis, 1 in Sky Valley and 1 in North Shore.


12,786 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 26.11% of the positive cases in Riverside County.


1,690 cases are in unincorporated areas of the desert;

(Mecca 394 cases, Thermal 155 cases, Oasis 298,  North Shore 117 cases, Bermuda Dunes 120 cases, Thousand Palms 193 cases, Vista Santa Rosa 78 cases, Garnet 199 cases, Desert Palms 43 cases, Desert Edge 50 cases, and Sky Valley 43 cases)


11,096 cases are in cities in the desert:

944 cases in Palm Springs, 42 dead

220 cases in Rancho Mirage, 19 dead

906 cases in Palm Desert, 48 dead

1,710 cases in Cathedral City, 27 dead

2,342 cases in Coachella,  23 dead

3,250 cases in Indio, 65 dead

705 cases in La Quinta, 16 dead

977 cases in Desert Hot Springs, 20 dead

42 in Indian Wells, 2 deaths

21 cases in Idyllwild/Pine Cove, 1 death

44 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.

41 deaths among people aged 25-44

235 deaths among people aged 45-64

443 deaths among people aged 64-84

198 deaths among people aged 85 and up.


547 deaths are men, 374 are women, and 0 are transgender, non-binary or intersex according to county officials


Riverside County has 3,098 cases in nursing homes, with 1,917 cases among patients, and 1,181 cases among staff. The overwhelming majority of nursing home cases, 889 cases, are in the City of Riverside.

In Coachella Valley nursing facilities, there have been 190 cases in Palm Desert, 132 in Palm Springs, 75 in Rancho Mirage, 55 in Indio, 53 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:

— 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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