Riverside County saw a dramatic increase in the total number of deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, with public health officials reporting 23 new coronavirus-related deaths after being able to catch several days of records.
The 23 recently reported deaths occurred between April 21 and Monday, said Riverside County spokesman Jose Arballo. A total of 141 people have died from the virus in the county since the start of the pandemic.
The total number of cases in the county has doubled in the past two weeks to 3,643, with authorities reporting 80 new cases on Monday.
Currently, 215 patients are hospitalized, including 75 in intensive care.
In addition, Riverside county officials said that 1,245 people have recovered and that 141 inmates in county jails have tested positive, 95 of whom have recovered.
Although rising death tolls on Monday did not worry county health officials, the continuing increase in epidemics of COVID-19 in nursing homes does.
Riverside County health officials have confirmed more than 650 cases of coronavirus – 18% of the county’s total number – between patients and staff at assisted living centers and county nursing homes.
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The majority of these nursing home cases – 64% – are among 40 of the county’s 53 qualified nursing homes, which are homes that provide 24/7 nursing assistance, usually after a hospitalization or a serious deterioration in a person’s health. Generally, people in these homes need help with getting around and walking.
About 8% of these nursing home cases are in nursing homes, which are homes for people who need less care than a qualified nursing home but still need help with certain daily activities such as bathing and medication. As a rule, the people in these houses are mobile.
The rest are among hundreds of other long-term care facilities in the county.
Of these remaining cases, 13 are from the Coachella Valley due to an epidemic at The Palms in La Quinta. The Palms is a retirement community, which means that the facility does not provide the same type of comprehensive nursing care.
In total, the county tested about 1,200 patients in these facilities, which represents just under 3% of the total tests done in the county.
Of those who tested positive in these establishments, 211 were staff members. This means that 6% of the total confirmed cases in the county were workers in nursing homes.
“We have known from the start of this intervention that community care facilities would be one of the biggest challenges,” said Kim Saruwatari, Director of Public Health for Riverside County. “We took up the challenge by training our SOS teams who contacted most of our facilities to support their efforts. We also have teams that have helped with staff when appropriate. “
The four qualified support teams from nursing homes recently launched by the county visited 144 facilities and conducted follow-up visits with 10.
Teams work with facility staff to demonstrate safety techniques, provide personal protective equipment and educate workers on COVID-19. Qualified nursing homes are licensed by state regulators, but local health authorities can offer support to maintain services.
Overall, Riverside County has confirmed about 153 cases per 100,000 people.
Riverside County exceeds California’s overall screening rate with approximately 1,826 tests administered per 100,000 population, compared to 1,399 per 100,000 population statewide. In total, the county administered 43,518 tests.
Lockdown protesters converge in Palm Springs
Frustrated with mandatory closings of businesses that weigh on the local, state and national economy, a group of protesters converged in downtown Palm Springs on Sunday evening in a demonstration that mirrors those who have spread across the country in the past few weeks.
Protesters displayed signs saying “SM BIZ MATTERS”, “No Mandatory Vaccines”, “Stop the fear” and “My constitutional rights are essential”.
As California enters its seventh week on statewide home stay orders, state-ordered closures have taken their toll in the Coachella Valley, where the economy is heavily dependent on hospitality and tourism, and protesters said the government was moving too slowly toward reopening.
Palm Springs has 91 cases and nine deaths from COVID-19, while Riverside County has a total of 3,643 cases and 141 deaths – more than any other county in California except Los Angeles.
Local authorities have started to take steps to lift the restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the virus. Last week, the county lifted golf course closings and authorized the reopening of community pools to only one swimmer at a time.
The organizer of the event, Rod Garcia, asked local and national authorities to lift the restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19.
“Really, people buy masks in these department stores and they always shop. I do not see why they have a problem opening a small shop. People can wear their masks. People can always distance themselves. You can always wear gloves if you want to wear gloves, “Garcia told other protesters huddled in a group in front of him. “You know, all of that. I just don’t get it. “
Garcia said the government’s decision to allow certain businesses it considers essential – including big box stores like Costco and Walmart – to remain open, while small businesses are forced to close is discriminatory. If it’s safe to shop at a grocery store, he asked, then why not at any store?
Counter-protesters to opponents of the Stay at Home order gather to voice their opposition to downtown Palm Springs on April 26, 2020. The Stay at Home order has been put in place by the government of the state to prevent the spread of COVID -19 which killed more than 50,000 people in the United States as of April 26, 2020. Opponents invoke their constitutional right to an open economy. (Photo: Omar Ornelas / The desert sun)
“Now is the time to open small businesses!” Governor (Gavin) Newsom blocks the opening of small shops. I call it a lock, “he said, as supporters complained about the mention of the governor of California and shouted” Brainwashed! “
Across the street on Palm Canyon Drive, a smaller contingent of nurses and counter-protesters gathered to oppose the contingent’s message “Reopen”. The nurses, who refused to be interviewed for fear of losing their jobs, carried signs saying “Humanize Me” and “Rest at Home is better than Rest in Peace”.
Under a surgical mask he said to wear out of politeness rather than necessity, John Galbraith of Palm Desert said he wanted the state to immediately reopen the economy. Although the majority of epidemiologists say that some sort of shutdown is necessary to contain the coronavirus, Galbraith said he thinks scientists who don’t believe in the reopening pose a threat to society.
“It should be our decision, not that of the government, to stay with us or do anything, unless it is proven beyond a doubt that we have a deadly disease,” said Galbraith. “But until then, we can live our lives. “
La Quinta Council to hold emergency meeting this evening
La Quinta city council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m.
The board will discuss “our budget and the impacts of COVID-19 on our current revenues and our projections for the next fiscal year,” said La Quinta mayor Linda Evans.
The meeting will be webcast live at https://laquinta.12milesout.com/ and written public comments can be emailed to [email protected] until the meeting is adjourned. Public comments will be heard before the in camera session. The city requests that the email include your full name, city of residence, phone number, public comments or article number and subject.
La Quinta chief financial officer Karla Romero predicted a $ 6 million loss in general fund revenues on March 17 over the next three months simply because of TOT and lower sales taxes – the top two sources of income for the city. That number had increased in mid-April to reach an estimated loss of $ 7.05 million for that year, said Romero.
“Income declines have increased due to the closure of hotels and short-term vacation rentals until further notice,” said Romero.
Staff have spent the past two weeks examining the budget and where and how to make up the deficit, she said. The city is evaluating a combination of reductions and the use of one-time funds, which may include:
- Reduce current operating expenses
- Review capital improvement projects to reduce funding and / or extend time
- Payroll savings throughout the year – vacancies will remain vacant until further notice
- Use of reserves, including: economic disaster reserves (balance of $ 11 million) and / or unallocated fund balance (balance of $ 10.9 million)
- Federal reimbursements for declared emergency
“Each line item and option is being evaluated. The city is in a solid financial position with options, ”said Romero. “We want to support the local economy, preserve the city’s essential operations and services, while having a long-term vision when making decisions.”
The city has approximately $ 42.5 million in reserves, including $ 11 million in an economic disaster fund and $ 2.9 million in an economic development fund.
The council allocated $ 1.5 million to the city’s emergency fund to help businesses affected by COVID-19. Staff had developed a program plan to submit to the Board for approval.
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Rural counties in northern California seek to reopen the economy
Officials in six northern California rural counties and 14 small towns in the latter urged Governor Gavin Newsom to let them reopen their savings, marking the most significant setback for local leaders against a mandatory home stay order during its second month of existence. left 3 million people unemployed.
Of the 500,000 people living in the counties of Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Colusa, Tehama and Glenn, only 69 have had confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Counties have added at least 475 additional hospital beds to prepare for a dreaded surge, but so far there is only one coronavirus patient in an intensive care unit, according to a letter dated Friday that county and city heads sent Newsom.
“At this point, given the COVID-19 figures locally – and our strengthened health care capacity – we ask that you allow our counties to exercise local authority to implement a careful and gradual reopening of our local economies Said the letter also signed by the region’s two Republican state lawmakers, MP James Gallagher and Senator Jim Nielsen.
As rural counties seek to reopen, six counties in the San Francisco Bay area said on Monday that they were extending home care orders until the end of May.
“This global COVID-19 pandemic is still in its infancy,” said counties in the Bay region. “The virus spreads easily, testing capacity is limited and grows slowly, and vaccine development is just beginning. We have expected to be responding to COVID-19 in our communities for a long time. ”
Newsom, a Democrat, relaxed the home order last week to allow hospitals to resume elective surgery. But he resisted calls to allow other non-essential businesses to reopen.
Newsom said local public health orders cannot be less restrictive than state orders.
“What if we get ahead of ourselves and start to see a wave of new cases?” ” he said.
Meanwhile, Newsom announced Monday that Colorado and Nevada are joining a pact with California, Oregon and Washington to cooperate on planning for the reopening. The governors, all Democrats, say that public health is their priority.
Orange County Fair Canceled
The Orange County Fair and Even Center board of directors voted unanimously on Monday to cancel this year’s event due to the unsafe conditions that can arise from the large crowd gathering in the midst of this pandemic. The annual month-long celebration, scheduled to take place from July 17 to August 16, attracted a total of 1.4 million visitors last year. It has been a summer staple in Southern California for 130 years.
For more information on refunds and more, visit http://ocfair.com/refunds.
COVID-19: an employee of state prisons is positive
An employee at Ironwood State Prison tested positive for COVID-19, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed on Monday.
Ironwood is near Blythe, California, in southern California, near the Arizona border.
Authorities are investigating whether the staff member exposed the illness to colleagues or inmates, said spokeswoman Dana Simas. Other details were not available, she added.
The employee is the first Ironwood worker to test positive for COVID-19, but he is one of 128 sick prison staff across the state, according to CDCR records.
The California men’s facility in Chino has 30 cases, the most of the 29 facilities where COVID-19 was detected.
Facilities with ill employees do not include the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, located near Ironwood in Blythe.
The CDCR reported on Monday that 181 of the approximately 115,000 detainees across the state tested positive for COVID-19 and that one detainee died.
A Riverside County inmate in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Center died on Sunday of complications from COVID-19, the sheriff’s service said on Sunday.
The detainee was tested after medical personnel determined on April 13 that he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. Test results returned positive for COVID-19 on April 14.
The man was among 141 detainees from Riverside County who tested positive for COVID-19. There are 3,240 inmates incarcerated throughout the county.
Of the 55 employees in the department who tested positive, two died.
San Bernardino County Releases Coronavirus Demographics
On Monday, San Bernardino County released confirmation of 21 new cases of coronavirus and information specific to age, sex and racial origin.
As of Monday afternoon, there were 1,772 confirmed cases and 82 deaths. The doubling rate increased to 9.5 days.
The total number of San Bernardino County patients tested is 17,577, of which 10% have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Infections are highest for those aged 50-59 with 353 cases (20%), followed by 40-49 (17%); 70+ (16%); 60-69 (15%); 30-39 (15%); 20-29 (11%); 0-14 (2%); and 15-19 (1%). Deaths due to complications from the virus are 70+ (60%); 60 to 69 years (21%); 50-59 (9%); 40-49 (6%); and 30-39 (4%).
There are slightly more cases of women (50%) than men (49%). 1% of cases are marked as “unknown”. Death is more common in men (63%) than in women (37%)
By ethnicity, unknown demographics represent the largest number of cases (39%), followed by whites (34%); other (10%); multi-race (6%); black (5%); Asian (4%); Asian / Pacific Islander (less than 1%); and Native Americans (less than 1%).
Non-Latinos have higher mortality rates (51%) than Latinos (33%) and unknown (16%).
Public health officials in neighboring Imperial County on Friday reported 251 cases, 67 patients recovered and eight deaths from the virus.
Coronavirus case updates
Riverside County has reported 80 new cases of coronavirus and 23 new deaths, bringing the total to 3,643 cases and 141 deaths.
County officials on Monday reported 14 new cases and one new death in nine cities in the Coachella Valley, which now have 618 positive cases and 25 virus-related deaths.
- Cathedral: 81 cases and 1 death
- Coachella: 122 cases and 2 deaths
- Desert Hot Springs: 30 cases and 0 deaths
- Indian goods: 11 cases and 0 deaths
- Indio: 127 cases and 4 deaths
- The quinta: 59 cases and 1 death
- Palm Desert: 73 cases and 5 deaths
- Palm Springs: 91 cases and 9 deaths
- Rancho Mirage: 24 cases and 3 deaths
- Unincorporated communities: Bermuda Dunes: 4 cases and 0 deaths; Desert Edge: 3 cases and 0 deaths; Desert palm trees: 5 cases and 0 deaths; Garnet: 8 cases and 0 deaths; Mecca: 23 cases and 0 deaths; The North Coast: 1 case and 0 deaths; Oasis: 7 cases and 0 deaths; Sky Valley: 3 cases and 0 deaths; Thermal: 10 cases and 0 deaths; Thousand palm trees: 4 cases and 0 deaths; Vista Santa Rosa: 1 case and 0 deaths
- California: 43,464 positive cases and 1,755 deaths
Desert Sun reporters Shad Powers and Mark Olalde and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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