Coachella Valley cases up 77% following Coachella Weekend 1

The nine Coachella Valley cities saw a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in the week ending Tuesday just as thousands of festivalgoers from all over the world gathered for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The nine cities reported 193 new cases in the week ending Tuesday. That is a 77% increase from the previous week, when there were 109 cases reported between April 5 and 12.

The latest report from the Palm Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant shows that the omicron subvariant, BA.2, is spreading in the city. There was a 75.1% and 87.3% detection rate of BA.2 in samples from April 11 and 12, respectively. The average number of COVID-19 concentration per liter of wastewater recorded at the city’s treatment plant also continues to slightly increase each week.

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