RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — More Riverside County residents need to get tested for the coronavirus if they want to see increased reopening of local industry sectors.
That was the underlying message Thursday from county health officials.
“… increased testing supports moving into the next level of the state’s reopening plan … that will allow more businesses, as well as schools and places of worship to reopen indoors,” read a news release from Riverside University Health System – Public Health.
People who don’t show symptoms of the virus may not be inclined to get tested, but they are the ones who could influence the metrics used by the state to determine which counties can reopen.
While several benchmarks are eyed under California’s reopening framework, Riverside County remains in the state’s most restrictive tier because of its higher COVID-19 case rate.
Under the state’s color-coded tiered framework, a COVID-19 case rate of