RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The number of new coronavirus cases in Riverside County increased by 907 on Tuesday, pushing total cases past the 30,000 mark for the first time since testing began.
The county's total cases now stand at 30,890 with 11,058 of those people having recovered from the virus.
The number of deaths increased by one Tuesday to 589. Riverside County men infected with COVID-19 are dying at a higher rate than women, and the age group with the greatest number of deaths is 65- to 84-year-olds. The next highest group is 45 to 64. Latinx/Hispanic people are dying at higher numbers than other races/ethnicities, Riverside University Health System data show.
The greatest number of positive cases is in the 25- to 44-year-old age group with 11,504, according to the RUHS data.
After reporting a decrease Monday, hospitalizations countywide increased by 29 patients Tuesday to 536. Of that total, 135 are in ICU — an uptick of four since Monday. Countywide, ICU beds are at 83.9 percent capacity and standard hospital beds are at 67.9 percent per the latest figures from the county's Emergency Management Department dated July 20. Beds utilized by COVID-19 patients is at 14 percent, according to the data.
Hospitalized patients transferred to the county from Imperial County stand at three, and the number of hospitalized inmates is reported at five, the data show.
The number of people screened for the virus was reported at 329,415 on Tuesday.
Coronavirus-related news came from the state Tuesday when California health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that school districts can apply to their local health departments for a waiver that could allow elementary schools to hold in-person classes during the 2020-21 school year. The waiver applies to counties on the state's "watch list," which includes Riverside County.
The update follows Friday's announcement by Gov. Gavin Newsom that school districts in watch-list counties were required to start the upcoming school year with an online-only model to help prevent COVID-19 spread.
The state's new rationale allowing elementary schools to reopen is based in part on a South Korean study published July 16 that traced how children spread COVID-19, Ghaly said. The study found that children under 10 spread the virus at much lower rates, while older children transmit the virus about as much as adults do.
Read more about Dr. Ghaly's remarks here.
On Monday the state released updated guidelines for hair salons and barbershops as well as updated guidance for other personal care services. On July 13, the state ordered that gyms; hair, nail, and other personal-care salons; tattoo parlors; houses of worship; malls; and non-critical office settings move outdoors or close.
The updated information shows the challenges associated with an outdoor move, including dealing with summer heat and disinfection protocols, among others.