Inland Empire counties move back into ‘medium’ coronavirus transmission range – Press Enterprise


Riverside and San Bernardino counties nudged back into the “medium” coronavirus community transmission range on Thursday, July 28, after spending a week in the “high” transmission category.

The Inland Empire counties are rated as having a “medium” rate of virus spread by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because the rate of new COVID-19 admissions to hospitals dipped below 10 per 100,000 population last week, to 9.6 in each county. The agency updates ratings each Thursday.

The number of people in the hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 stood at 257 in Riverside County and at 230 in San Bernardino County on Wednesday, July 27, the last day for which numbers were available, according to state data. Hospitalizations have declined slightly in San Bernardino County over the past week, while remaining mostly flat in Riverside County.

The rate of reported new coronavirus cases declined slightly during the past week, from about 376 new cases per 100,000 population to roughly 354 in San Bernardino County, and from about 375 new cases per 100,000 to about 330 in Riverside County, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.

The neighboring counties of Orange and Los Angeles remain in the “high” category. L.A County officials, however, announced Thursday that they would not bring back an indoor mask mandate as they had said previously, citing a slowing transmission rate.

Officials in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have said they will not reinstate a face-covering mandate unless state health officials issue such a requirement.

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