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Gov. Newsom announces more indoor shutdowns in Riverside County

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that counties on the state's monitoring list, which includes Riverside County, will have to shut down more indoor operations.

The list of sectors affected includes fitness centers, worship services, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, malls, and offices for non-critical sectors.

The order affects all 30 counties on the state's pandemic monitoring
list -- including Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.

Open & closed list for Riverside County

News Channel 3's Shelby Nelson and Jake Ingrassia will have more on the new shutdowns tonight at 5 & 6 p.m.

Newsom also ordered the statewide closure of indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, family entertainment centers and card rooms -- and the full closure of all bars. Those restrictions were already in place in counties on the state's monitoring list, but the new order extended them statewide.

Newsom reiterated that the state's enactment of health-restrictions was being handled with a "dimmer switch," meaning the severity of the orders can be adjusted upward or downward based on the latest virus statistics and "trendlines.''

The state has been seeing record numbers of infections in recent days, along with increasing hospitalizations. As of Monday, Newsom said 6,485 were hospitalized across the state due to the coronavirus. The seven-day rolling average of people testing positive for the virus was 7.7%, Newsom said.

More counties are expected to be added to the state's monitoring list on Tuesday, Newsom announced.

As for Riverside County, health officials are expected to release updated data Monday afternoon on the number of COVID-19 cases and the impact of the pandemic.

On Friday, county officials said that there were 1,431 new coronavirus cases in just one day. That was the third straight day of a record number of new cases.

Also Friday, Riverside County reached 100% ICU bed utilization. As of Sunday, the number was down to 95.6%.

This doesn't mean the ICU reached capacity on just coronavirus patients. There are a total of 385 ICU beds currently in use across Riverside County. 116 of those beds were being used by people with coronavirus.

On Friday, the county reported one fewer coronavirus patient in the ICU compared to Thursday.

In total as of Friday, July 10, there are 526 patients with coronavirus hospitalized, with 116 of those patients in the ICU.

The most recent data provided by local hospitals shows that most have reached their highest coronavirus patient totals.

News Channel 3's Madison Weil spoke with local healthcare workers about dealing with the physical and emotional impact of working in the middle of a surge.

Ealier this week, News Channel 3's Peter Daut got an update on the status of local hospitals from the Chief Medical Officer at Eisenhower Health and medical director of emergency operations for the Desert Care Network.

The county has also continuously broken the single-day case increase for three days in a row now. On Friday, there were 1,432 new coronavirus cases.

Click here for a full breakdown of cases in each city and community in the Coachella Valley.

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