- Virus transmission in Riverside County is rated as widespread by the governor’s reopening regime, which places the area in Tier 1 and keeps many nonessential businesses closed.
- Over the past seven days, the county has reported an average of 1,319.1 new cases per day, a 54.7% decrease from two weeks ago. Over that same period, there have been 39.3 deaths per day.
- The number of hospitalizations is decreasing. There are now 864 patients with a confirmed case, a decrease from fourteen days ago.
- Thermal has the highest concentration of new cases with 2,649 reported per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks.
- To date, 224,769 people have recovered from COVID-19.
The latest trends
The Riverside University Health System announces new cases and deaths each day, though bottlenecks in testing and reporting lags can introduce delays. The county does not provide a tally of how many people have recovered from COVID-19.
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
So far, 1 out of every 9 people in the county has tested positive. Over the past week, the county has averaged 1,319 new cases and 39.3 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 144.6 days.
Seven-day averages offer a more stable view of the trend than daily totals. On the cases chart, gray bars mark when errors in a state computer system delayed the tabulation of new cases.
Mapping the cases
Cases have been reported in 64 of Riverside County’s cities and communities.
Cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days
Follow the latest data on the spread of COVID-19 in California with our coronavirus tracker.
Hospitals and patients
There are now 864 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a change of -43.5% from two weeks ago. Of those, 243 are in an intensive care unit.
|Area||Cases||Per 100k||Last 14 days||Per 100k||New cases
Mar 27Feb 4
|Desert Hot Springs||3,859||13,574||323||1,136|
The numbers above are daily averages over the latest seven-day reporting period. Total COVID patients include both adult and pediatric patients.
|Hospital||COVID patients||Percent of total||
|Kaiser Foundation Hospital-moreno Valley||69||68%||
Jul 31Jan 22
|Corona Regional Medical Center||85||63%|
|Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Riverside||122||60%|
|Riverside University Health System-medical Center||194||58%|
|San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital||34||56%|
|Temecula Valley Hospital||79||55%|
|Doctors Hospital of Riverside, LLC||64||49%|
|Hemet Global Medical Center||65||47%|
|Eisenhower Medical Center||113||47%|
|Southwest Healthcare System||115||47%|
The numbers above are daily averages over the latest seven-day reporting period. Hospitals without an intensive care unit or that did not report having any staffed beds for the week are not included. Data about pediatric patients in intensive care is not available.
Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California’s Department of Public Health has listed 124 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in Riverside County that have reported COVID-19 cases.
|Hospital||COVID ICU patients||Total occupancy||
|Riverside Community Hospital||45||100%||
Jul 31Jan 22
|Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Riverside||43||100%|
|Doctors Hospital of Riverside, LLC||21||100%|
|San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital||16||100%|
|Kindred Hospital Riverside||0||100%|
|Desert Regional Medical Center||30||99%|
|Kaiser Foundation Hospital-moreno Valley||18||97%|
|Temecula Valley Hospital||18||96%|
|Southwest Healthcare System||22||95%|
|Eisenhower Medical Center||24||92%|
The state last updated the list on Feb. 4. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.
Learn more about those we’ve lost by reading Times obituaries of Californians who have died from COVID-19.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has faced criticism around its handling of recent surge in cases across its state facilities.
The data do not include tallies from federal prisons, immigration detention facilities or local jails.
|ALTA VISTA HEALTHCARE & WELLNESS CENTRE||29||<11||27||–|
|ARLINGTON GARDENS CARE CENTER||84||<11||86||–|
|ARLINGTON RIVERSIDE SENIOR COMMUNITY||30||–||17||–|
|AT SUNNY HILLS HOME CARE||<11||<11||<11||–|
|ATRIA PALM DESERT||36||<11||13||–|
|ATRIA PARK OF VINTAGE HILLS||46||<11||33||–|
|BLYTHE POST ACUTE LLC||27||<11||33||–|
|Facility||Deaths||Total cases||Active cases||
|California Rehabilitation Center||1||1,988||16||
Mar 1Feb 4
|Chuckawalla Valley State Prison||9||1,781||2|
|Ironwood State Prison||1||1,328||293|
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Reopenings and restrictions
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening system classifies counties into four tiers based on metrics developed by state officials. Which tier a county falls in determines what can be reopened.
Most nonessential indoor business operations are closed
Some nonessential indoor business operations are closed
Some business operations can open with modifications
Most business operations can open with modifications
Riverside County is currently in Tier 1, which keeps many institutions closed. The county is grouped into the Southern California region, where the state says the ICU capacity is 9.1%.
The state lifted stay-at-home orders on Jan. 25.
Until a recent change in the regime, officials organized the state’s counties into five regions and if a region’s available percentage of intensive-care beds fell below 15%, a stay-at-home order was issued. The numbers were adjusted to account for a variety of factors and were not a precise measurement of availability.
The state is now using three statistics to judge counties. With some exceptions, metrics must surpass the benchmark for the next tier in order to loosen restrictions. The latest numbers, along with tier reassignments, are released each Tuesday.
The first is called the adjusted case rate. It takes new cases in a recent seven-day period — excluding cases at prisons and jails — and adjusts for population. In some areas, that number is modified to account for the volume of testing. Riverside County’s most recent adjusted case rate was 62.3.
The second metric is the positive test rate, which is the percentage of tests for the virus that come back positive. Riverside County’s most recent positive test rate was 16.6%.
The third metric measures whether positive tests in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods have significantly exceeded a county’s overall rate — a disparity that’s been widespread during the pandemic. The statistic is known as the Healthy Places Index. Riverside County’s most recent score is 18.5.
Based on its current tier in the state framework, here’s what is allowed to open in Riverside County.
Tier 1: Widespread risk
Southern California region
- Aquariums Open outdoors only with modifications
- Bars, brewpubs and distilleries (with no meals provided) Closed
- Cardrooms Open outdoors only with modifications
- Carwashes Open with modifications
- Child care Open with modifications
- Concert venues Closed
- Day camps Open with modifications
- Dine-in restaurants Open outdoors only with modifications
- Doctors and dentistsOpen with modifications
- Family entertainmentOpen outdoors only with modifications for kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages
- Food banks, gas stations and convenience storesOpen with modifications
- Gyms Open outdoors only with modifications
- Hair salons and barbershops Open indoors with modifications
- Higher education Closed for indoor lectures and student gatherings. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open
- Hotels for tourism and individual travel Open with modifications
- K-12 schools Closed for in-person instruction, but distance learning is allowed. Check with your school district for more information
- Landscapers Open with modifications
- Libraries Open with modifications. Max 25% capacity
- Movie theaters Open outdoors only with modifications
- Museums Open outdoors only with modifications
- Nail salons Open indoors with modifications
- Nonessential business offices Work remotely
- Pet groomers Open with modifications
- Places of worship and cultural ceremonies Open outdoors only with modifications
- Professional sports Open with modifications. No live audiences.
- Racetracks Open with modifications. No live audiences.
- Recreation Can open with modifications
- Retailers Open with modifications. Max 25% capacity. Grocery max 50% capacity
- Shopping malls Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity. Closed common areas, food courts
- State and local government Open with modifications
- Takeout restaurants Open with modification
- Tattoo parlors Open indoors with modifications
- Theme parks Closed
- Wineries Open outdoors with modifications
- Zoos Open outdoors only with modifications
Shutdown orders have closed businesses and put thousands out of work. As parts of the economy reopen, some people have regained employment, though many remain jobless. The unemployment rate in Riverside County is 9.1%, higher than the state average.
Bureau of Labor Statistics