Coronavirus: Confirmed Riverside County cases jump to 60

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County officials report another 12 of novel coronavirus today, bringing the county’s total to 60, with the death toll unchanged at six.

Six of the new cases come from the northwestern pocket of the county, three were reported in the Coachella Valley, and two in the county’s southwestern region, according to Jose Arballo, spokesman for the Riverside University Health System.

A 12th case was reported late Tuesday night in a statement from Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Alberto Gutierrez.

“A worker in one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Moreno Valley has tested positive for Covid-19. It is not known if the worker lives in the City of Moreno Valley because everyone’s personal medical information is considered private. The worker is undergoing treatment, and several co-workers have been directed to self-quarantine and are under observation by health officials.”

The county’s COVID-19 case map shows the Coachella Valley with the highest count of prior or ongoing infection at 28, where all countywide deaths have been reported. The northwestern county now stands at 19 cases, the southwest region at 10 and the mid county with one.

Another resident who acquired the virus while traveling aboard a cruise ship remains in Northern California, officials said.

Out of the 59 total cases, 24 were determined to have been acquired locally, four were travel-associated and 31 are under investigation to verify origin. Cities across Riverside County have implemented local emergency measures synthesized with the county’s requirements and recommendations from the California Department of Public Health.

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked for seniors and people in compromised health to self isolate at home wherever possible to reduce exposure risks. The governor also asked for bars, wineries and night clubs to reduce services. There was no formal order associated with the announcement, only voluntary action. However, the governor followed the request with an executive order Thursday advising that all individuals who are not involved in essential services to stay home whenever possible.

In the Coachella Valley, where the county’s first infections were reported, most local cities have closed public buildings, canceled events or taken measures more aggressive then county or state mandates. Palm Springs officials on Tuesday ordered the immediate closure of all golf courses, trails and public parks within city limits. And new restrictions went into effect in Palm Springs barring all vacation rentals or hotel stays, unless they are related to COVID-19 response efforts. Violators can be fined $5,000 for their first offense, $10,000 for their second and $25,000 for their third, the order reads.

Rancho Mirage city officials on Monday issued a similar order that also barred temporary rentals, which is set to remain in effect until June 1 unless amended earlier. Casinos and entertainment venues countywide also remain shuttered. Frequent hand washing, social distancing and basic hygiene were emphasized as good precautionary practices against viral infection. COVID-19 symptoms are comparable to the flu and include fever, coughing and respiratory distress. A person usually develops the symptoms within two weeks of exposure, according to the CDC.