Coachella Valley sees a 70% increase in cases in one week

Onlookers watch as the Veterans Promise Kept PTSD ride pulls in to American Legion Post 519 in Palm Springs, Calif., May 9, 2022.

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County as the area heads into hotter days, but some health experts say the rise won’t be as devastating as the previous two summers.

The nine Coachella Valley cities added 558 new COVID-19 cases in the week ending Tuesday. That is a 70% increase from the previous week, when there were 328 cases reported between April 26 and May 3.

Case numbers have climbed steadily in the past month in the valley. The cities reported 109 COVID-19 cases in the week ending April 12, prior to the start of music festival season in the area.

The average number of virus copies recorded at the Palm Springs wastewater treatment plant has increased again as well, according to its latest report. The average of 617,875 virus copies per liter of wastewater from the week of April 25 has increased to an average of 893,852 copies per liter of wastewater for May 2 and 3, the report states. There was an 81% and 90.2% detection rate of the omicron subvariant in samples from May 2 and 3, respectively.

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