County could see spikes in COVID-19 cases if residents ignored warnings about Labor Day gatherings, officials say

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
Although it won’t be known whether the residents of Riverside County heeded the warnings against large Labor Day gatherings from county officials for at least several weeks, Riverside County Public Health officials Friday, Sept. 4, reported 284 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 deaths.Because of the Labor Day holiday, the county did not release updated numbers Monday, Sept. 7. The first numbers coming out of the weekend were expected to be released Tuesday, Sept. 8, after press time.In a news release issued Friday, county officials warned residents of another possible surge after the Labor Day weekend, similar to the one that occurred on the heels of Memorial Day and Fourth of July.In recent weeks, the county said, hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units have decreas
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