County and city officials are warning that COVID-19 cases are increasing again countywide. The County says that if the number of cases does not decrease, the state could move Riverside County from the "red tier" of reopening back to the most restrictive "purple tier."
“It’s not easy for anyone to hear that our numbers have started to go backwards," said Brooke Federico, Public Information Officer, County of Riverside.
Officials are encouraging people with or without symptoms to get tested countywide in order to better understand where and how the virus is spreading.
“When we are able to identify cases...we’re able to stop the transmission of those cases," said Federico.
The more people get tested, the likelier it is Riverside County will maintain a positivity rate low enough to maintain its status within the "red tier" of reopening.
The Riverside University Health System is offering free coronavirus testing this week at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
"There is plenty of room here as you know the convention center is a larger space so a very safe, comfortable place to come get tested," said Rob Hampton, General Manager, Palm Springs Convention Center.
Tests are available Monday, October 12 through Wednesday, October 14.
Dates & Times:
• Monday, Oct. 12, 8 am – 3 pm
• Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11 am – 6 pm
• Wednesday, Oct. 14, 8 am – 3 pm
You do have to make an appointment here: http://bit.ly/PSConventionCtrOct12-14
For more information about the test please call 800-945-6171 or visit
For other testing locations in Riverside County, click here.
The Palm Springs Convention Center is located at 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. There is free parking off of N. Avenida Caballeros.
Officials say wearing a mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing are still the best defenses against coronavirus. “When we do those things we protect ourselves up to 95%," added Federico.
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