As of Monday September 21st 2020; Stats are through Friday September 18th 2020


California has tested 13,523,158 of its 40 million people for the Covid-19 virus, since March 2020.  That’s 33.80% of the population.


27,476,842 people still need to be tested in California, that’s 66.19% of the state’s population.


5.75% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested positive. That’s 778,400 people.


94.24% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested negative.  That’s 12,744,758 people.


California has 14,987 deaths from Covid-19, which is 1.92% 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 2,607 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the hospitals. 807 of those patients are in ICU.  The State also reports having another 834 “Suspected Covid-19” patients.




Riverside County stats as of Monday morning September 21st 2020, are through Friday September 18th 2020


Riverside County has tested 600,554 people for Covid-19 since March 2020, out of a population of 2.5 million.  That’s 24.02% of the County’s population.


1,899,446 people still need to be tested in the county, that’s 75.97% of the county’s population.


9.43% of the people tested for Covid-19, have tested positive.

That’s 56,681 people.


90.56% of the people tested for Covid-19 in Riverside County have tested negative.  That’s 543,873 people.



Of the 56,681 people who have tested positive in Riverside County,

91.72% of them, 56,681, have fully recovered.

5.99% of them, 3,397 are at home recovering. Together, that’s 97.71% of all the positive cases.


2/10th’s of 1%, of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 143 people, remain hospitalized, and 44 of them are in Intensive Care.


2% of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 1,153 people, have died from Covid-19. 333 of those deaths have been in the Coachella Valley, which is 28.88% of the County’s total. 301 deaths in cities, 32 deaths in unincorporated areas…9 in Mecca,  1 in Vista Santa Rosa, 3 in Bermuda Dunes, 4 in Garnet, 3 in Desert Palms, 5 in Desert Edge, 4 in Oasis, 2 in Sky Valley and 1 in North Shore.


Of the 1,153 people who have died from Covid-19 in Riverside County, 804 of them have been over 64; 292 have been between 45 and 64.


14,194 positive cases have been recorded in the Coachella Valley since March 8th 2020, when the testing and counting began. 94.15% of them, 13,365 people, have recovered. Only 829 active cases in the desert on 9/18/2020.


1,876 cases are in unincorporated areas of the desert since March 2020.

(Mecca 438 cases, Thermal 174 cases, Oasis 329 cases,  North Shore 124 cases, Bermuda Dunes 132 cases, Thousand Palms 223 cases, Vista Santa Rosa 93 cases, Garnet 215 cases, Desert Palms 43 cases, Desert Edge 59 cases, and Sky Valley 46 cases)


94.77%, or 1,778 people have recovered from Covid-19 in unincorporated areas:

Mecca 415, Thermal 167, Oasis 311, North Shore 120, Bermuda Dunes 123,

Thousand Palms 215, Vista Santa Rosa 86, Garnet 208, Desert Palms 40, Desert Edge 50, Sky Valley 43


Only 98 active cases of Covid-19 in unincorporated areas as of 9/21/2020.



12,318 Covid-19 cases reported in cities in the desert, since March 2020.


94.06% of those people, 11,587, people have recovered. Only 731 active Covid-19 cases in cities in the Coachella Valley as of 9/21/2020.


1,873 cases in Cathedral City, 32 dead     1,802 people have recovered

2,647 cases in Coachella,  27 dead     2,507 people have recovered

1,094 cases in Desert Hot Springs, 25 dead, 1,026 people recovered

46 in Indian Wells, 2 deaths               43 people have recovered

3,604 cases in Indio, 70 dead              3,400 people have recovered

782 cases in La Quinta, 18 dead            740 people have recovered

1,005 cases in Palm Desert, 54 dead        908 people have recovered

1,036 cases in Palm Springs, 50 dead       961 people have recovered

231 cases in Rancho Mirage, 23 dead        200 people have recovered



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

60 cases in Cabazon, 1 dead;                50 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.

52 deaths among people aged 25-44

292 deaths among people aged 45-64

550 deaths among people aged 64-84

254 deaths among people aged 85 and up.


680 deaths are men, 470 are women, and 0 are transgender, non-binary or intersex according to county officials


Riverside County has 3,384 cases in nursing homes, with 2,092 cases among patients, and 1,292 cases among staff. The overwhelming majority of nursing home cases, 917 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,



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 awhile 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.



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 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 starting Thursday July 16th 2020 are:


— 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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