Riverside County health officials are concerned that there could be a spike in coronavirus cases if residents take part in social gatherings and do not adhere to safety guidelines during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
“We don’t want any more closures, but our numbers are going through the roof,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said. “Bars are part of the problem but so are private gatherings. Please don’t mix households, even if you think everyone is healthy, and instead celebrate the holiday with the people you live with. We started seeing more and more cases after Memorial Day and we can’t afford another jump after the Fourth of July.”
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has continued to rise recently, along with hospitalizations and ICU usage throughout all of Southern California. The county today is reporting 662 new cases, which is a new high for a single day increase, and 17 new deaths from the virus.
Hospitals have prepared for a surge in cases for months, and health officials remind the community that everyone has a part to play in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of the disease. These measures include wearing face coverings as required, maintaining social distancing, and frequent handwashing.
Kaiser on Monday ordered all bars in Riverside County closed, following a recommendation by Governor Newsom, who issued a similar order for seven California counties. The governor was reacting to a recent surge in coronavirus cases statewide and placement of several counties on a state-generated watch list, including Riverside County.
“This virus is very real, and we know it is spreading and growing,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Gatherings of family and friends are dangerous right now, and underserved communities are especially impacted by these gatherings.”
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