As of press time, there are a total of 22 reported COVID-19 cases since the outbreak and one death reported for the area of Idyllwild-Pine Cove, according to the Riverside University Health System – Public Health (RUHS) website.
The website now reports recovered cases by area. Nineteen of the 22 people have recovered.
Riverside County hosted another free COVID-19 testing day at the Idyllwild Library on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
As of press time on Sept. 9, Riverside County has 54,735 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There are 1,085 deaths related to COVID-19 and 48,761 people have recovered. There are 185 individuals being hospitalized and of those 62 are in the intensive care unit (ICU).
As of press time on Sept. 1, Riverside County had 53,153 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There were 1,026 deaths related to COVID-19 and 44,024 people had recovered. There were 216 individuals being hospitalized and of those 68 were in the ICU.
As of press time on Aug. 25, Riverside County had 51,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There were 978 deaths related to COVID-19 and 28,407 people had recovered. There were 222 individuals being hospitalized and of those 79 were in the ICU.
To date, 556,173 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Riverside County, according to RUHS. The age range with the most confirmed cases is 18- to 39-year-olds. The two demographics with the highest number of cases are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino.
The county is urging residents and visitors to follow the state’s face covering requirement in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. In addition to covering your face, the county also urges everyone to keep 6 feet of distance and wash their hands.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday that he says will help assist small businesses.
The governor’s office announced “Assembly Bill 1577 conforms state law to federal law by excluding from gross income Paycheck Protection Program loans that were forgiven through the federal CARES Act and subsequent amendments in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act of 2020.
“Senate Bill 1447 authorizes a $100-million hiring tax credit program for qualified small businesses. The hiring credit will be equal to $1,000 for each net increase in qualified employees, up to $100,000 for each qualified small business employer.
“Senate Bill 115, a budget trailer bill, by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review appropriates $561 million in fiscal year 2020-21. This includes $411.5 million to advance economic stimulus with $230.5 million to help jump-start construction projects.”
During Wednesday’s press conference, Newsom reminded everyone that small businesses create two-thirds of new jobs and employ nearly half all private sector employees. In addition, he stated there are 4.1 million small businesses in California, employing 7.2 million workers — just under half the state’s workforce — and 44% of those small businesses, according to survey data, are at-risk of shutting down.
Previously, the Riverside County board of supervisors unanimously approved using $4 million in CARES Act funding for the Pathways to Employment program which will recruit 500 unemployed adults impacted by the pandemic to receive work training and mentoring.
Participants will receive a stipend of $20 per hour, training and mentoring from nonprofit and government partners and supportive services including transportation, clothing, counseling and technological assistance.
For more information, please call the Housing, Homelessness Prevention and Workforce Solutions department at 951-955-1161.