Riverside County officials talk hospitalization numbers, contact tracing

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Containers for coronavirus nose swab tests are arranged for use before sending off for results. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
While Riverside County’s testing numbers continue to rise, the number of positive COVID-19 cases also climb higher. Riverside County public health officials reported 546 new cases of COVID-19 along with 20 new deaths associated with the virus, Tuesday, July 7, during the Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting. Health officials updated the board members on how the county was dealing with the pandemic that has killed more than 500 county residents. One of the more widespread theories talked about on social media places the blame for the county’s increase in positive cases on patients from Imperial County being transported to Riverside County hospitals. In early June, Bruce Barton, director of the Riverside County Emergency Management Department, confirmed to Valley News t
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