Riverside County health officials are reporting 89 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths, bringing the countywide totals to 7,341 cases and 313 deaths.
Riverside is one of 47 counties in the state that have been granted “regional variances” needed to open more types of businesses. Restrictions on in-person dining and shopping were previously lifted in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
The Gardens on El Paseo, an outdoor shopping center in Palm Desert, reopened on Tuesday, although only a handful of shops were operational. The Westfield Mall, also in Palm Desert, is set to reopen on Friday.
Officials at both shopping centers readying to welcome customers said they will have limited hours and will implement robust cleaning protocols, with a focus on high-touch areas.
Mall giant Simon Properties on Tuesday reopened nine of its Southern California retail centers, including Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon, which had been shuttered since March due to COVID-19.
According to Riverside University Health System researcher Dr. Geoffrey Leung, the countywide hospitalization rate for COVID-19 cases has been flat for the past few weeks, remaining below 200, while the “positivity rate” from coronavirus screenings generally has been 2% to 4%, figures that did not raise red flags.
According to RUHS figures, the number of documented recoveries stands at 4,285.
Of the 193 county residents hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 are being treated in intensive care units.
More than 106,000 Riverside County residents have been tested for the coronavirus, which accounts for more than 4% of the county’s population of nearly 2.5 million.
Article updated: 5/28/20 with new numbers.
Article from City News Service.