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COVID-19 Cases Top 10K In Riverside County, as other counties put on watch listCalifornia is set to move into Stage 3 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage reopening plan as higher-risk businesses like gyms and bars are allowed to open.

As more openings take place across Riverside County, health officials are expecting Covid19  cases to rise. In fact we are already seeing spikes with more than 1,000 new cases reported over the last three days.

“We’re hoping this is just short-term, and that it will start leveling off,” said spokesperson Jose Arballo, Riverside University Health System-Public Health. Better adherence to safety protocols, like social distancing and avoiding gatherings, could help drive the numbers down, he explained. “We did forecast sporadic outbreaks through the summer, and those forecasts so far are coming true,” said Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser. “It’s time to think about what the fall will bring”. “If we’re not observing social distancing and facial coverings … we’re going to lose the progress we’ve made,” he added.

Just 2 weeks from Memorial Day weekend, an unofficial benchmark date for general loosening of stay-at-home behavior around the nation, a number of states are seeing cases spike. Experts caution against using only case increases as a baseline for reopening success or failure, however, because some of this is due to increased testing.

California health officials have placed Los Angeles and nine other counties on an official watch list because those counties seem to be having trouble containing COVID-19.

Los Angeles County “is experiencing the possibility of elevated disease transmission.” The county has a “high case rate that is highly related to high testing capacity and volume countywide, which also includes testing all residents and staff at over 235 skilled nursing facilities.” Key actions to monitor the situation include “monitoring positivity rate among those tested to ensure that there isn’t a significant increase that may signal more community transmission,” providing infection prevention expertise at nursing homes, and working on improving supply chains for personal protection equipment.

The other counties included on the state watch list are Fresno, Imperial, Kings, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Tulare.

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