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Riverside County public health officer orders large events canceled

Kaiser is urging seniors and those with underlying health issues in the Coachella Valley to limit non-essential travel. One of the Coachella Valley cases is considered “community spread,” meaning health investigators have not determined the source of the infection.

County health officials are working with local school, city, and nonprofit organizations to provide guidelines on how the new restrictions will be implemented.

The Order does not apply to courts of law, primary and secondary school classes, congregate living settings, public transportation, airport travel, or necessary shopping at stores or malls.

Kaiser is urging seniors and those with underlying health issues in the Coachella Valley to limit non-essential travel. One of the Coachella Valley cases is considered “community spread,” meaning health investigators have not determined the source of the infection.

County health officials are working with local school, city, and nonprofit organizations to provide guidelines on how the new restrictions will be implemented.

“These restrictions may seem harsh, given the relatively low number of coronavirus cases in Riverside County, but they are necessary if we are going to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Kaiser, who declared a public health emergency on Sunday after announcing the county’s first locally acquired COVID-19 case.


“I do not take these restrictions lightly and clearly they will impact many in organizations and individuals in the community. We’re in this together and I believe they’re necessary to slow and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19.”

 

Kaiser said county health officials had previously been working with community partners to establish guidelines for public gatherings. Riverside County has eight confirmed cases – six in Coachella Valley and two cruise ship passengers who have not returned to the region since being diagnosed.

The Order does not apply to courts of law, primary and secondary school classes, congregate living settings, public transportation, airport travel, or necessary shopping at stores or malls.

Kaiser is urging seniors and those with underlying health issues in the Coachella Valley to limit non-essential travel. One of the Coachella Valley cases is considered “community spread,” meaning health investigators have not determined the source of the infection.

County health officials are working with local school, city, and nonprofit organizations to provide guidelines on how the new restrictions will be implemented.

Canyon Lake’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is just one of the many local events canceled due to the county’s restriction of public gatherings of 250 people or more. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered the cancellation of public gatherings of 250 people or more taking place in Riverside County between March 12 and April 30. Kaiser’s order mirrors recommendations issued by the California Department of Public Health on Wednesday evening.

“These restrictions may seem harsh, given the relatively low number of coronavirus cases in Riverside County, but they are necessary if we are going to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Kaiser, who declared a public health emergency on Sunday after announcing the county’s first locally acquired COVID-19 case.


“I do not take these restrictions lightly and clearly they will impact many in organizations and individuals in the community. We’re in this together and I believe they’re necessary to slow and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19.”

 

Kaiser said county health officials had previously been working with community partners to establish guidelines for public gatherings. Riverside County has eight confirmed cases – six in Coachella Valley and two cruise ship passengers who have not returned to the region since being diagnosed.

The Order does not apply to courts of law, primary and secondary school classes, congregate living settings, public transportation, airport travel, or necessary shopping at stores or malls.

Kaiser is urging seniors and those with underlying health issues in the Coachella Valley to limit non-essential travel. One of the Coachella Valley cases is considered “community spread,” meaning health investigators have not determined the source of the infection.

County health officials are working with local school, city, and nonprofit organizations to provide guidelines on how the new restrictions will be implemented.

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