In response to a recent surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, positivity rates, and coronavirus-related deaths throughout the state, Governor Newsom announced regional stay-at-home restrictions for all Southern California for a minimum of three weeks, effective December 6 at 11:59 p.m.
“We have seen cases and other metrics rising for the past month and it is expected to get even worse this month,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of the Riverside County Department of Public Health. “We must practice social distancing and wear masks to preserve valuable space and staff in our hospital system. These resources are already stretched thin.”
For more information on the types of businesses impacted by the regional stay-at-home order and to monitor the regional ICU capacity, visit www.covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-foressential-needs.
In Riverside County, total COVID-19 positive hospitalizations have set new highs each day this week. As of Dec. 4, there are 658 COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized, including 135 patients requiring treatment in an intensive care unit, according to health officials. In July, the highest number of COVID-19 positive hospitalizations was 550. The highest number of patients requiring ICU was 167.
Critical county services and programs may return to virtual services due to the new restrictions. Residents are advised to call ahead to determine if their needs can be met online, over the phone, or through the mail. Some services requiring in-person visits may need an appointment.
December 10 is the deadline to make the second installment of property taxes, which can be paid online, over the phone, or through the mail. Owners who need to pay their property taxes in person next week will be able to do so while observing social distancing and safety guidelines.
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