As of Weds morning November 18th 2020


California has tested 21,259,076 of its 40 million people for the Covid-19 virus, since March 2020.  That’s 53.14% of the population.


18,740,924 people still need to be tested in California, that’s 46.85% of the state’s population.


4.88% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested positive. That’s 1,037,978 people.


95.11% of the people tested for Covid-19 in California have tested negative.  That’s 20,221,098 people.


California has 18,299 deaths from Covid-19, which is 1.76% of those who have tested positive.


California hospitals report 4/10th’s of 1% of the people who have tested positive, are hospitalized, which is 4,885 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the hospitals. 1,206 of those patients are in ICU.


The case rate in California is 16.5 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people. The Positivity rate is 5.2%




Riverside County stats as of Weds morning November 18th 2020.


On Wednesday November 18th 2020, Riverside County remains in the California’s most restrictive Purple Tier, for Widespread risk of Covid-19 transmission. The case rate in the County has ballooned to 22.4 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people.  The Positivity rate is now at 8.9%.


Riverside County has tested 956,598 people for Covid-19 since March 2020, out of a population of 2.5 million.  That’s 38.26% of the County’s population.


1,543,402 people still need to be tested in the county, that’s 61.73% of the county’s population.


8.02% of the people tested for Covid-19 in Riverside County have tested positive. That’s 76,724 people.


91.97% of the people tested for Covid-19 in Riverside County have tested negative.  That’s 879,874 people.


Of the 76,724 people who have tested positive in Riverside County,

84.81% of them, 65,073 have fully recovered.

12.95% of them, 9,939 are at home recovering. Together, that’s 97.76% of all the positive cases.  876 new cases in the past 24 hours.

There are 10,277 active cases in the County as of 11/18/2020.


4/10th’s of 1%, of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 338 people, remain hospitalized, and 81  of them are in Intensive Care.


1.81% of the people who have tested positive so far in Riverside County, 1,374 people, have died from Covid-19. Zero new deaths in the past 24 hours.


394 of those deaths have been in the Coachella Valley, which is 28.67% of the County’s total. 355 deaths in cities, 39 deaths in unincorporated areas…11 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, 2 in Thermal,  and 1 in North Shore.


Of the 1,374 people who have died from Covid-19 in Riverside County, 956 of them have been over 65; 350 have been between 45 and 64.


Coachella Valley Overall: 17,538 positive cases have been recorded in the Coachella Valley since March 8th 2020, when the testing and counting began. 88.27% of them, 15,482  people, have recovered. There are 2,056 active cases in the desert on 11/18/2020. 110 new cases in the past 24 hours.



Unincorporated Areas: 2,381 cases are in unincorporated areas of the desert since March 2020.  24 new cases in the past 24 hours.

(Mecca 534 cases, Thermal 211 cases, Oasis 398 cases,  North Shore 189 cases, Bermuda Dunes 171 cases, Thousand Palms 293 cases, Vista Santa Rosa 110 cases, Garnet 271 cases, Desert Palms 64 cases, Desert Edge 85 cases, and Sky Valley 55 cases).


87.48%, or 2,064 people have recovered from Covid-19 in unincorporated areas:

Mecca 473, Thermal 190, Oasis 351, North Shore 147, Bermuda Dunes 144,

Thousand Palms 250, Vista Santa Rosa 101, Garnet 239, Desert Palms 48, Desert Edge 69, Sky Valley 52.  317 active cases of Covid-19 in unincorporated areas as of 11/18/2020.




Cities In The Desert: 15,157 Covid-19 cases reported in cities in the desert, since March 2020. 86 new cases in the past 24 hours.


88.52% of those people, 13,418 people have recovered. 1,739 active Covid-19 cases in cities in the Coachella Valley as of 11/18/2020.


2,265 cases in Cathedral City, 38 dead     2,057 people have recovered

3,134 cases in Coachella,      32 dead     2,857 people have recovered

1,348 cases in Desert Hot Springs, 30 dead, 1,178 people recovered

60 in Indian Wells,   4 dead               50 people have recovered

4,427 cases in Indio, 90 dead              3,949 people have recovered

1,026 cases in La Quinta, 19 dead          890 people have recovered

1,280 cases in Palm Desert,  59 dead       1065 people have recovered

1,316 cases in Palm Springs, 59 dead       1,125 people have recovered

301 cases in Rancho Mirage,  24 dead       247 people have recovered



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

74 cases in Cabazon, 1 dead;               65 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.

60 deaths among people aged 25-44

350 deaths among people aged 45-64

659 deaths among people aged 65-84

297 deaths among people aged 85 and up.


813 deaths are men, 555 are women, and 0 are transgender, non-binary or intersex according to county officials.


Riverside County has 3,559 cases in nursing homes, with 2,200 cases among patients, and 1,359 cases among staff. The overwhelming majority of nursing home cases, 957 cases, are in the City of Riverside.

In Coachella Valley nursing facilities, there have been 192 cases in Palm Desert, 175 in Palm Springs, 77 in Rancho Mirage, 58 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.


Color Chart of CA Covid 19 Tiers which rank the state according to risk of Covid Spread. Photo from Riverside County Public Health Dept

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