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Riverside County Public Health Officer declares local health emergency

March 12, 2020

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – On Sunday, March 8, County of Riverside Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser declared a local health emergency, citing the county’s first locally acquired case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The public health emergency declaration will support the county’s planning and response efforts and is a signal to the community that the disease has been introduced to the area.

Earlier this week, Riverside County officials activated the medical health department operations center to better coordinate public messaging and planning among community partners as Riverside County officials prepare for the spread of the illness.

The emergency declaration is set to be ratified by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

The county has two COVID-19 cases overall. The other case is a Riverside County resident who was a former passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. That individual is recovering at a Northern California medical facility and has not returned to Riverside County since leaving the cruise ship.

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