Riverside County in recent days has broken records for single-day increases in coronavirus infections. Thursday, Riverside County reported 516 new cases — its largest one-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic along with nine new deaths. Making for a total of 12,467 confirmed cases of coronavirus since March. A total of 408 of those cases resulted in fatalities. The state Department of Public Health identified Riverside County as experiencing “elevated disease transmission” at nearly a 10% positive rate and named several factors contributing to this, including:
1-Outbreaks at state prisons and skilled nursing facilities
2-Potential transmission at public protests with large numbers of people in close proximity without face coverings
3-Patient transfers from Imperial County
4-Patients seeking care from Northern Baja California and traveling along SR-86 corridor into Coachella Valley and;
5-General increases in local gatherings.
Riverside County can get off the list if the numbers improve for at least three days. If it fails to show enough progress in hospitalization and infection rates over a 14-day period, the county could be forced to take more restrictive measures.
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