Riverside County has been placed on the California Department of Public Health's coronavirus watchlist.
The county has in recent days broken records for single-day increases in coronavirus infections; on Thursday, Riverside County reported 516 new cases — its largest one-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic — and nine new deaths.
That made for a total of 12,467 confirmed cases of coronavirus since March. A total of 408 of those cases resulted in fatalities.
The state Department of Public Health identified Riverside County as experiencing "elevated disease transmission" and named several factors contributing to this, including:
Outbreaks at state prisons and skilled nursing facilities
Potential transmission at public protests with large numbers of people in