California has tested 17,042,408 of its 40 million people for the Covid-19 virus, since March 2020.  That’s 42.60% of the population.


22,957,592 people still need to be tested in California, that’s 57.39% of the state’s population.


5.10% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested positive. That’s 870,791 people.


94.89% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested negative.  That’s 16,171,617 people.


California has 16,970 deaths from Covid-19, which is 1.94% of those who have tested positive.


California hospitals report 3/10th’s of 1% of the people who have tested positive, are hospitalized, which is 3,002 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the hospitals. 758 of those patients are in ICU.




At 10 a-m on Tuesday October 20th, The State of California pushed Riverside County back into the restrictive Purple Tier, for Widespread risk of Covid-19 transmission.


Riverside County has tested 755,444 people for Covid-19 since March 2020, out of a population of 2.5 million.  That’s 30.21% of the County’s population.


1,744,556 people still need to be tested in the county, that’s 69.78% of the county’s population.


8.48% of the people tested for Covid-19 in Riverside County have tested positive. That’s 64,075 people.


91.51% of the people tested for Covid-19 in Riverside County have tested negative.  That’s 691,369 people.



Of the 64,075  people who have tested positive in Riverside County,

90.45% of them, 57,958, have fully recovered.

7.32% of them, 4,692 are at home recovering. Together, that’s 97.77% of all the positive cases.

2/10th’s of 1%, of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 153 people, remain hospitalized, and 44 of them are in Intensive Care.


2% of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 1,272 people, have died from Covid-19. 359 of those deaths have been in the Coachella Valley, which is 28.22% of the County’s total. 324 deaths in cities, 35 deaths in unincorporated areas…9 in Mecca,  1 in Vista Santa Rosa, 3 in Bermuda Dunes, 5 in Garnet, 3 in Desert Palms, 5 in Desert Edge, 5 in Oasis, 1 in Thousand Palms, 2 in Sky Valley and 1 in North Shore.


Of the 1,272 people who have died from Covid-19 in Riverside County, 885 of them have been over 65; 322 have been between 45 and 64.


15,387 positive cases have been recorded in the Coachella Valley since March 8th 2020, when the testing and counting began. 93.59% of them, 14,401  people, have recovered. There are 986 active cases in the desert on 10/20/2020.


2,053 cases are in unincorporated areas of the desert since March 2020.

(Mecca 470 cases, Thermal 192 cases, Oasis 347 cases,  North Shore 147 cases, Bermuda Dunes 141 cases, Thousand Palms 246 cases, Vista Santa Rosa 101 cases, Garnet 238 cases, Desert Palms 47 cases, Desert Edge 74 cases, and Sky Valley 50 cases)


94.20%, or 1,934 people have recovered from Covid-19 in unincorporated areas:

Mecca 445, Thermal 186, Oasis 331, North Shore 136, Bermuda Dunes 134,

Thousand Palms 232, Vista Santa Rosa 97, Garnet 222, Desert Palms 40, Desert Edge 66, Sky Valley 45.  Only 119 active cases of Covid-19 in unincorporated areas as of 10/20/2020.


13,334 Covid-19 cases reported in cities in the desert, since March 2020.


93.49% of those people, 12,467, people have recovered. Only 867 active Covid-19 cases in cities in the Coachella Valley as of 10/20/2020.



2,029 cases in Cathedral City, 34 dead     1,928 people have recovered

2,816 cases in Coachella,      28 dead     2,690 people have recovered

1,175 cases in Desert Hot Springs, 28 dead, 1,105 people recovered

52 in Indian Wells,   4 dead               47 people have recovered

3,882 cases in Indio, 76 dead              3,653 people have recovered

876 cases in La Quinta, 19 dead            810 people have recovered

1,089 cases in Palm Desert,  58 dead       979 people have recovered

1,154 cases in Palm Springs, 53 dead       1,029 people have recovered

261 cases in Rancho Mirage,  24 dead       226 people have recovered



23 cases in Idyllwild/Pine Cove, 1 death;   21 people have recovered

65 cases in Cabazon, 1 dead;                62 people have recovered



In Riverside County:


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

deaths among people aged 18-24.

58 deaths among people aged 25-44

322 deaths among people aged 45-64

603 deaths among people aged 65-84

282 deaths among people aged 85 and up.


744 deaths are men, 523 are women, and 0 are transgender, non-binary or intersex according to county officials


Riverside County has 3,475 cases in nursing homes, with 2,154 cases among patients, and 1,321 cases among staff. The overwhelming majority of nursing home cases, 944 cases, are in the City of Riverside.

In Coachella Valley nursing facilities, there have been 192 cases in Palm Desert, 138 in Palm Springs, 77 in Rancho Mirage, 57 in Indio, 53 in La Quinta,



All testing is free to the patient being tested.

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.


Or contact for a list of test sites in Riverside County.



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 doing Covid-19 testing by appointment for people 18 years of age or older, regardless of whether the person is experiencing symptoms. Results are expected in three to five days.


The Coachella Valley locations providing testing starting Thursday July 16th 2020 are:


 12900 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs;

— 51101 Cesar Chavez St., Coachella;

— 47985 Monroe St., Building A, Indio; 


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, and register online at to schedule an appointment.


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