Mon. Oct 26th, 2020
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Officials announced Friday that Riverside County was given state permission to move more quickly to reopen its economy.

The county joins 43 others in moving into accelerated Stage 2 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan, which allows malls, swap meets and dine-in restaurants to resume operations.

So far, the only other Southern California counties given approval to reopen faster are Ventura and San Diego.

Riverside County has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in California, after Los Angeles County.

As of Friday, Riverside County had confirmed 6,343 cases of COVID-19, resulting in 284 deaths. But public health officials say the majority of those sickened — more than 4,000 people — have recovered.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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