RIVERSIDE – In an effort to transition to economic and social recovery and streamline layers of public health requirements on coronavirus, Riverside County Board Chair V. Manuel Perez and Vice Chair Karen Spiegel are bringing forth a proposal Tuesday to rescind four active Riverside County public health orders.
The orders, which require face coverings and physical distance of six feet between individuals, limit short term rentals, place requirements on reopened golf courses, and close schools, are currently in effect and expire June 19. Supervisors Perez and Spiegel are presenting the rescission of these orders for a vote at the Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
If approved by the Board, Riverside County will not have any countywide orders more stringent than the State of California’s stay-at-home/Safer at Home order, which remains in place and applies statewide. They will not replace any city, state or federal orders or recommendations.
“I want to thank Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser who has led the charge with actions that have no doubt made a measurable impact in saving lives in our county,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “His early and proactive leadership got us very far ahead as a county. That, combined with data and strong economic arguments, is why I have the confidence that it is appropriate to lift these measures while we continue to align ourselves with the state’s stay-at-home order and roadmap for reopening.”
Supervisor Perez further stated, “Our data and metrics show that we have conducted over 50,000 tests at five locations, which is two percent of our county’s population. We prepared for the expected hospital surge with two Federal Medical Stations that we have not had to use. Our hospital bed and ICU bed use have remained relatively consistent. These data explain why our original modeling has changed.”
The policy proposal can be found on Tuesday’s agenda at: http://riversidecountyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2279.
The California stay-at-home order is located at: https://covid19.ca.gov/ and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance-list.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc