More Californians were eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, March 15. Those ages 16 to 64 with underlying conditions were added to the list of those eligible for the vaccine, adding 4.4 million people to the list of people potentially signing up. The influx of new sign-ups posed no problems in Riverside County, according to county spokeswoman Brooke Federico. “There have been no issues with the website or appointment systems handling the traffic,” she wrote in an email. “It is too early to tell what impact the expanded eligibility will have as we move forward, however, we remind residents that we continue to have limited doses of vaccine available for all who are eligible.” Meanwhile, if current metrics hold, Riverside County is on track to move Wednesday, March 17, into the red tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening framework. The change in status would allow restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and other businesses to serve a limited number of customers indoors. Here are the numbers as of Monday, March 15, according to state and county public health officials. Confirmed cases: 292,293 total, up 427 from Friday, averaging 179 reported per day in the past week Deaths: 3,984 total, up 13 from Friday, averaging 10.3 reported per day in the past week Hospital survey: 195 confirmed and 21 suspected patients hospitalized Sunday, including 45 confirmed and 6 suspected patients in the ICU, with 21 of 21 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is down 22.3% from a week earlier. Tests: 2,598,210 total, up 18,712 from Friday, averaging 7,514 reported per day in the past week Recovered cases: 284,167 total, up 1,281 from Friday, averaging 463 per day in the past week Vaccinations: The county says 693,745 doses have been administered to Riverside County residents as of Monday, March 15. Reopening plan tier: Purple (widespread risk level; many nonessential indoor business operations are closed) based on these metrics as of Tuesday, Mar. 9: 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: Staff writer Nikie Johnson contributed to this story.
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