Riverside County officials were working Friday to schedule additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics, with all appointments through the weekend quickly filled up by a crush of residents who flooded an online reservation system, which crashed and left many people frustrated.
County officials said Thursday night many people trying to access the online reservation system were greeted with an error message.
“Residents are understandably frustrated that the appointment website did not perform today (Thursday),” Juan C. Perez, interim county executive officer, said in a statement. “While we worked with our vendor to ensure it would be operational today, unfortunately, it was not. Frankly, that’s unacceptable. We apologize for this unfortunate situation and will soon direct residents to a new website.”
A new reservation site had not yet been announced as of Friday, but the county’s website indicated that spots at all vaccination clinics through Monday were filled.
On Thursday, the county reported almost 5,000 new COVID-19 infections, along with another 63 deaths, but the number of virus patients being treated in intensive care units continued dropping.
The total number of coronavirus cases recorded during the pandemic rose to 255,808, compared to 251,000 on Wednesday, according to the Riverside University Health System.
According to RUHS, a total of 2,739 deaths stemming from virus-related complications have been recorded. The number Wednesday was 2,676. The fatalities are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates, and the daily numbers can cover three- to four-week periods, sometimes longer, according to officials.
COVID-positive hospitalizations countywide were at 1,529, an increase of 15 from Wednesday. That includes 335 intensive care unit patients — nine fewer than a day ago. The county’s ICU patient load has been declining since Jan. 12.
The number of known active virus cases countywide is 77,636, a rise of 666. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 255,808– according to the county Executive Office.
Verified patient recoveries countywide are at 175,433.
The state on Wednesday night lifted a restriction it had placed on a batch of Moderna vaccine doses following allergic reactions suffered by six people who received the shots in San Diego. The hold on the vaccine affected more than 300,000 doses statewide, but local health officials said none of the affected doses were being administered in Riverside County.
State officials said an investigation by federal authorities found no issues with the Moderna doses, and no other allergic reactions from the affected batch were reported in any other areas of the state.
County Executive Office spokeswoman Brooke Federico said a survey of vaxx providers indicate that “adverse reactions are rare” locally.
The county’s overall COVID-19 testing positivity rate is 23.8%, down from 25.8% last week, based on state-adjusted figures.
The 11-county Southern California region’s ICU availability officially remains at 0%.
The regional ICU bed metric is a key benchmark under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order, which went into effect on Dec. 6. The order was triggered when ICU bed availability across Southern California fell below 15%.
The mandate is expected to remain in effect until bed availabilities recover.
The current stay-at-home order impacts bars, theaters, museums, hair salons, indoor recreational facilities, amusement parks and wineries — all of which are supposed to remain closed.
Restaurants are confined to takeout and delivery, with capacity limitations on retail outlets.