Seventh COVID-19 death confirmed in Riverside County

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County health officials confirmed 11 more cases of novel coronavirus today, including the county’s seventh death, bringing the county’s total cases to 70.

All seven deaths have been in the Coachella Valley.

The county’s latest COVID-19 case map showed the Coachella Valley with the highest count of prior or ongoing infection at 31. The northwestern county was at 25 cases, the southwest region at 12 and the mid-county with one, data from the Riverside University Health System showed.

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

Of the 70 cases, 24 were determined to have been acquired locally, four were travel-associated and 42 are under investigation to verify origin.

The new county numbers come as members of the California National Guard on Wednesday began setting up a temporary hospital at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio in anticipation of an expected surge of local COVID- 19 cases.

The 250-bed “federal medical station’ will be equipped with all necessary equipment and will help ease the burden on the local hospital system, said Brooke Federico, a county spokeswoman.

Another temporary hospital will soon be set up in western Riverside County, she said. That site will have 125 beds, but additional information, including the location, was not provided.

Late Tuesday night, officials reported an employee at an Amazon fulfillment center in Moreno Valley tested positive for the virus.

“It is not known if the worker lives in the City of Moreno Valley because everyone’s personal medical information is considered private,” read a statement by Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Alberto Gutierrez. “The worker is undergoing treatment, and several co-workers have been directed to self- quarantine and are under observation by health officials.”

Cities across Riverside County have implemented local emergency measures synthesized with the county’s requirements and recommendations from the California Department of Public Health.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Thursday advising that all individuals who are not involved in essential services should stay home.