Desert Sun: Some counties could have reopen plans OK’d by Tuesday; Ruiz pushes for tribal health care funding

By: , Palm Springs Desert Sun

Published: 9:06 a.m. PT May 11, 2020

More than two dozen California counties have asked for permission to loosen their stay-at-home plans beyond what the state allows, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday, promising a speedy review as more than 4.5 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in a coronavirus-induced economic downturn.

Newsom relaxed restrictions last week to allow for curbside pickup at most retailers and for manufacturers to resume operations with some limits. But he said counties could go further if they meet strict state standards, including no coronavirus-related deaths and no more than one confirmed case per 10,000 residents in the past two weeks.

Riverside County public health officials on Monday reported 150 new COVID-19 cases and 12 additional virus-related deaths. A total of 217 people have died in the county since the pandemic began.

In neighboring San Bernardino County, health officials on Monday reported 51 new coronavirus cases and one additional virus-related death. A total of 115 people have died in that county due to COVID-19 complications.