As the fall season arrives, Riverside County and the Coachella Valley continued to see declines in new COVID-19 cases in the past week.
The nine valley cities added 206 new cases in the week ending Tuesday, according to new data from Riverside County Public Health. That is a 39% decrease from the 340 cases reported between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.
Here is a full breakdown of confirmed total cases and deaths by city since the start of the pandemic as of Tuesday (with week-over-week changes shown in parentheses):
- Cathedral City: 13,820 confirmed cases (+22);152 deaths (+0)
- Coachella: 14,032 confirmed cases (+18); 122 deaths (+0)
- Desert Hot Springs: 8,254 confirmed cases (+10); 92 deaths (-6)
- Indian Wells: 713 confirmed cases (+5); 9 deaths (+0)
- Indio: 24,999 confirmed cases (+55); 283 deaths (-2)
- La Quinta: 9,233 confirmed cases (+27); 86 deaths (+0)
- Palm Desert: 10,978 confirmed cases (+26); 159 deaths (+5)
- Palm Springs: 9,251 confirmed cases (+23); 163 deaths (+1)
- Rancho Mirage: 3,194 confirmed cases (+20); 60 deaths (+0)
Some of the data show the total number of deaths over the course of the pandemic as being lower than last week. The county recently adopted the state’s method of tallying cases and deaths.
There were also 37 COVID-19 cases reported in unincorporated communities in the week ending Tuesday:
- Bermuda Dunes: 1,738 confirmed cases (+1); 14 deaths (+0)
- Desert Edge: 778 confirmed cases (+1); 23 deaths (+0)
- Desert Palms: 893 confirmed cases (+9); 35 deaths (+0)
- Garnet: 1,813 confirmed cases (+6); 29 deaths (+0)
- Mecca: 1,843 confirmed cases (+); 25 deaths (+0)
- North Shore: 829 confirmed cases (+0); 1 death (+0)
- Oasis: 1,512 confirmed cases (+2); 11 deaths (+0)
- Sky Valley: 402 confirmed cases (+4); 6 deaths (+0)
- Thermal: 469 confirmed cases (+1); 10 deaths (+2)
- Thousand Palms: 2,027 confirmed cases (+4); 13 deaths (+0)
- Vista Santa Rosa: 720 confirmed cases (+1); 5 deaths (+0)
In Riverside County, there were 1,408 new COVID-19 cases reported in the week ending Tuesday.
Riverside County has a “low” community transmission level. Under this designation, it’s recommended that people stay up to date with their vaccinations and wear facial coverings on public transportation, if they have symptoms, test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with the virus.
Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial counties also have a low transmission level.
There were 91 patients hospitalized in the county as of Wednesday, down by 27 from last week’s count. Wednesday’s number also included 15 individuals in intensive care.
There have been a total of 6,610 deaths reported in Riverside County since the beginning of the pandemic.
In Riverside County, 59.8% of residents ages 6 months and older have completed their primary vaccine series, which includes both shots of the Pfizer or both shots of the Moderna vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. About 30.1% of the eligible population has been boosted.
The county’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated weekly.
Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter @ema_sasic.