COVID-19: New tier system in place, hospitalizations continue to decrease

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Health care workers conduct coronavirus testing at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled in a news conference Friday, Aug. 28, a new blueprint for business sector reopenings that includes a color-coded, tiered system that will now use spread rate and test positive percentage to gauge whether a county would be allowed to reopen more businesses. Newsom said the new system will be simple, slower and steady. It’s aimed at preventing a surge in infections, like the one between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, as the state began reopening the first time around. The surge prompted Newsom to shut down bars, restaurants for indoor dining and a slew of other businesses about two months ago. “We’re going to be more stubborn this time and have a mandatory wait time between moves. We didn’t do that last time,” Newsom said. Not ev
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