COVID hospitalizations dropping in Riverside County; Newsom order brings business optimism

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Coronavirus-related hospitalizations dropped 12% over the weekend in Riverside County, continuing a trend that began two weeks ago and dovetailing with wider declines that prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to end his stay-at-home order -- a move that  prompted guarded optimism that some businesses can begin to reopen. Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Karen Spiegel, who last month sharply criticized the stay-at-home order as causing further harm to struggling small businesses, expressed relief that those same businesses can now "refocus on their recovery.'' She cautioned, though, that "while some of our businesses may be reopening, we cannot lose sight of the fact that coronavirus continues to be widespread,'' meaning residents should remain vigilant, exer
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