31 May 2020 Blog Post: COVID-19 Update in Riverside County
Three weeks ago, Riverside County officials voted unanimously to rescind local public health orders regarding COVID-19 risk reduction measures. These included rolling back restrictions on vacation rentals and golf. Previously mandated face-coverings in public were no longer required. Further, the motion amended a school closure order. Adding to this, Sherriff Chad Bianco refused to enforce local coronavirus lockdown protocols.
Case rates have climbed steadily in each of the past three weeks. For the week ending 5/15/2020, the county reported on average 3.89 cases per day. The following week this number rose to 5.06 and the week ending 5/29 this rate is now 5.35.
Notable changes in Riverside County include the resumption of short-term vacation rentals (5/29) as well as the re-opening of barbershops and hair salons (5/26), houses of worship (5/25), as well as shopping (5/22) and dine in restaurants (5/22).
There seems to be an inherent disconnect between rescinding public health measures, an aggressive reopening strategy and rising case rates.
𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗨𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿
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