Riverside County Health Department

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Through COVID-19 contact tracing, Riverside County is now reaching close to 100 percent of infected people and San Bernardino County is reaching nearly 70 percent.  KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports tracing plus testing is key to getting the counties moved to the next tier on the state’s re-opening scheme.

Lana Culp, spokesperson for San Bernardino County Public Health, says tracing has shown that a lot of transmission is happening through gatherings between family and friends. Which she says is hard to avoid in a time when seeing those people brings comfort.

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Riverside County health officials reported the area’s first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome also known as MIS-C on Tuesday. It is a rare, but serious condition that can damage multiple organs in children who are exposed to or had COVID-19. 

A child under the age of 15 from western Riverside County is believed to have the first case. Officials also reported a probable second case of a child from the Coachella Valley.

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There are several indicators that can put a county on the state’s coronavirus watchlist. And as of Tuesday, both Riverside and San Bernardino County case rates and the testing positivity rates are still too high to be removed. 

Riverside County Health Department spokesman Jose Arballo says the area has a mixed bag of numbers. It has 196 cases per 100,000 people, and a test positivity rate of 11 percent. But there are plenty of ICU beds and ventilators available.