Riverside County health officials urge residents to get COVID-19 tests

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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
Riverside County took a big step back Tuesday, Oct. 20, when the California Department of Public Health reclassified the county into the purple tier, the most restrictive under the state’s color-coded coronavirus regulatory scheme, meaning some businesses that had reopened in recent weeks were required to close again. According to county staff, CDPH administrators decided that, based largely on low testing volumes, the county should be reduced from the red tier to the purple tier for at least three weeks. That move prompted Riverside County leaders to issue a news release urging residents to get tested with PCR swab tests for active infections. According to the county, they help to slow the spread of the disease by identifying infected individuals who can then be isolated as well a
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