For those of you who have followed our posts regularly, you will remember that I have been tracking COVID-19 case rates in Riverside County. I began following rates after a May 8th Board of Supervisors decision to rescind public health mandates for face coverings after the Riverside County Sheriff refused to enforce such.
Riverside County now has the second-highest number of cases and deaths statewide after Los Angeles County and their case numbers have accelerated to their highest rates thus far in the epidemic (see Figure below).
Riverside County health officials are now urging residents to remember the importance of continuing safe health practices as the county passed 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
“The 10,000-case figure is a stark reminder that coronavirus is still active in the community and we need to continue the health practices that previously helped us flatten the curve,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System-Public Health.
Riverside County’s COVID-19 curve has not been flat since May 15th. Two weeks after the ill conceived Board of Supervisors decision their curve has accelerated upwards.