California 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.