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Riverside County sees lower than expected case increases due to technical issue

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Riverside County officials confirmed that the county has reported lower than expected case totals over the past couple of days due to a technical issue with the state's system.

Brooke Federico, public information officer for the county, told News Channel 3 that officials first noticed an issue on Wednesday when the new case numbers came in.

The county had been reported to increase around 1,000 new cases a day until Wednesday when that amount went down to 249 that day.

The state's CalREDIE system is experiencing technical issues.

This is the system that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) uses for electronic disease reporting and surveillance. Positive tests get reported to CalREDIE, which the county uses to report the day's case changes.

Federico said officials do not believe COVID-19 is slowing down in Riverside County. Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said health officials believe there will be "significant increases" in cases next week.

The issue did not have an impact on the county's hospitalization and death data.

Federico said officials expected this issue to be resolved next week.

On Friday, the county reported 382 new cases, seven deaths, and 134 recoveries. The county also showed a big decrease in hospitalizations and ICU patients.

Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing update.

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

You can call the Centers for Disease Control with any questions at 211 and 800–CDC –INFO (800 – 232 – 4636).

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC.

If you want to be seen at Eisenhower Health, call their coronavirus hotline first at 760-837-8988 or 760-TEST988 with is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Avoid the spread of this illness.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

How to get tested

Remember, you can get tested even if you do not have symptoms. Testing was expanded to include all residents on April 17.

You are now able to get a free test at many Rite-Aids in the area. Click here for a full list of stores and to schedule your appointment.

Click here to find the closest testing site to you

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