Local schools to close due to coronavirus fears; Hemet and San Jacinto to offer free meals during closures

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Riverside County health officials are ordering the closure of all the county's schools to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, it was announced Friday. “To further prevent the spread throughout the county, effective Monday, March 16, I am ordering a school closure, not a dismissal, of all Riverside County public schools," Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a statement. "This order also applies to preschools, charter schools, private schools and all colleges and universities in Riverside County." The order will be lifted on April 3 and classes will be allowed to resume on April 6, "unless another update is warranted at that time," Kaiser said. Local school districts already began to announce school closures and extended spring breaks on their o
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