Riverside County officials’ focus on encouraging people to get tested for the novel coronavirus appears to be paying off, with nearly record numbers of tests processed this week.
In the past seven days, 58,513 coronavirus tests were added to the total in Riverside County. Only one week has included more tests, in mid-August when state officials were processing a large backlog of tests.
That includes 9,112 new tests added Friday, Oct. 23.
Riverside officials have been pushing more people to get tested, which could help the county return to the less restrictive red tier of the governor’s reopening plan.
Counties with a testing rate below the statewide median have to have fewer positive cases than counties above the statewide median.
This week, about 200 people a day per 100,000 Riverside County residents were tested for the coronavirus, up from 139 in early September. That’s still well below the statewide median of 239 people a day per 100,000 residents.
“Besides the benefit to our businesses, there’s a payoff for you,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer, in a news release Friday. “If you’re medically vulnerable, detecting the infection early might reduce your risk of complications, and even if you’re well, it means you can take precautions sooner to avoid spreading it to your family or workplace. If we can get less spread, fewer people will be at risk, and that’s the most important goal.”
Here are the numbers as of Friday, Oct. 23, according to state and county public health officials.
Confirmed cases: 65,757 total, up 371 from Thursday, averaging 353 reported per day in the past week
Deaths: 1,279 total, no change from Thursday, averaging 1.4 reported per day in the past week
Hospital survey: 161 confirmed and 57 suspected patients hospitalized Thursday, including 39 confirmed and 15 suspected patients in the ICU, with 20 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is up 8.8% from a week earlier.
People tested: 787,357 total, up 9,112 from Thursday, averaging 8,359 reported per day in the past week
Recovered cases: 58,852 total, up 250 from Thursday, averaging 208 per day in the past week
Reopening plan tier: Purple (widespread risk level, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed) based on these metrics as of Tuesday:
- New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 8.4
- Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 9.1
- Test positivity rate: 5.2% (6.9% in socioeconomically challenged neighborhoods)
- What’s next: Riverside County is meeting one criteria to move to a less-restrictive tier (positivity rate) but not the other (adjusted case rate). When it has met both for two consecutive weeks, and has been in this tier for at least three weeks, it can advance. The state updates numbers and tiers on Tuesdays.
To see a map and list of cases, deaths and per-capita rates by community, click here.
Here is a look at how the county’s numbers have changed each day: