June 30, 2020
Jose Arballo Jr., RUHS-Public Health
Riverside County Joint Information Center
Celebrate at home this Fourth of July – without visitors
Riverside County health officials remind all residents and visitors that coronavirus continues to
pose serious health hazards and to not take part in social gatherings during the upcoming
Fourth of July holiday. Social gatherings are a known source of spreading the disease.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has continued to rise recently, along with
hospitalizations and ICU usage throughout all of Southern California. The county today is
reporting 662 new cases, which is a new high for a single day increase, and 17 new deaths from
the virus. Health officials are concerned the Independence Day weekend could cause a spike if
residents do not adhere to safety guidelines.
“We don’t want any more closures, but our numbers are going through the roof,” said Dr.
Cameron Kaiser, public health officer. “Bars are part of the problem but so are private
gatherings. Please don’t mix households, even if you think everyone is healthy, and instead
celebrate the holiday with the people you live with. We started seeing more and more cases
after Memorial Day and we can’t afford another jump after the Fourth of July.”
Hospitals have prepared for a surge in cases for months, and health officials remind the
community that everyone has a part to play in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of
the disease. These measures include wearing face coverings as required, maintain social
distancing and frequent handwashing.
On Monday, Kaiser ordered all bars in Riverside County closed, following a recommendation by
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who issued a similar order for seven California counties. The governor was
reacting to a recent surge in coronavirus cases statewide and placement of several counties on
a state-generated watch list, including Riverside County.
“This virus is very real, and we know it is spreading and growing,” said Riverside County Board
Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Gatherings of family and friends are
dangerous right now, and underserved communities are especially impacted by these
Riverside County officials also remind residents to get screened at one of the many coronavirus
testing sites located throughout the region. More than 200,000 tests have been conducted in
Riverside County so far. For more information on testing, click
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