More county businesses to open on Friday, after largest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – More Riverside County businesses will be able to open their doors Friday, with nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage therapy outlets eligible to return to operation, county Supervisor Karen Spiegel announced Wednesday — even as county health officials reported an increase of 257 documented coronavirus cases.

“We welcome more Riverside County businesses reopening, and we encourage people to support those businesses that are protecting their employees, because it also means they care about protecting their customers,” the supervisor said.

According to RUHS figures, the number of COVID-19 cases countywide that have been documented since early March stands at 11,951, compared to 11,694 on Tuesday — a one-day increase of roughly 2%. There were four deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of known deaths stemming from virus-related complications to 399. The county reported 409 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, its largest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic.

Officials also said 257 people — coincidentally the same number of new cases on Tuesday —are receiving hospital care for coronavirus symptoms, and 65 of those are in intensive care. Nearly 165,000 tests have been administered, and the county has documented 6,341 recoveries.

The county is continuing its transition through stage 3 of the governor’s four-stage de-regulation framework tied to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Riverside University Health System, under guidelines specified by the California Department of Public Health, nail salons, facial and esthetician providers, shaving, waxing and threading businesses, massage therapy outlets and tattoo and piercing parlors countywide will be eligible to resume operations.

Last week, motels, gyms, bars, museums, theaters and wineries were among entities given the green light to reopen under public health guidelines that encourage social distancing, caps on the size of gatherings and repetitive sanitation of spaces.

Officials noted that wedding ceremonies can proceed, but receptions are not yet on the list of permitted functions.

Spiegel and RUHS officials advised residents to utilize all precautions to lessen COVID-19 exposure risks, including observing social distancing practices and wearing facial coverings where appropriate.

Details on how service providers can implement and adhere to the state’s public health guidelines are available at www.RivCoBizHelp.org.