Aid continues in Riverside County amid coronavirus

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – Riverside County health officials released the latest coronavirus figures on Friday, while news of additional federal and state aid for small businesses, farm workers, schools and the County transportation agency were also announced.

Riverside County health officials on Friday reported 307 more confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 more deaths, while the number of hospitalizations and known active cases continued to decline.

The total number of COVID-19 infections recorded since the start of the public health documentation period in early March is 56,681, up from 56,374 on Thursday, according to Riverside University Health System – Public Health.

Officials said the total death toll from COVID-19 stood at 1,153.

The number of recoveries of patients now stands at 51,988.

Department of Public Health director Kim Saruwatari told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the cure rate is now 90% of the total number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in the past six months.

Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton said this week virus-related hospitalizations in the county were moving “in a positive direction,” with the number of patients receiving treatment at the county’s 17 acute care facilities. having fallen back to the levels recorded in April.

The number of patients hospitalized across the county for treatment for the virus was 143 on Friday, down 15 from a day ago. That figure includes 44 people in intensive care units – four fewer than Thursday, according to RUHS.

Business grants amid coronavirus

On Wednesday, the third round of applications for the County Business Assistance Grant opened and will run until October 30, or until funds run out. Expanded third-round eligibility includes paycheck protection program loan recipients of $ 75,000 and under, the county said.

Businesses eligible for the Business Assistance Grant include private for-profit businesses that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, businesses with fewer than 50 employees, and those that have been in operation for at least a year as of March 1. 2020. Sole proprietorships and businesses that received the SBA economic disaster loan or advance are also eligible, depending on the county.

More than $ 30 million has been awarded to more than 3,000 small businesses in Riverside County under the COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant program, according to county officials. The program was approved on June 2 by the Supervisory Board. The funding comes from the county’s $ 45 million allocation of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) money designed to help small businesses struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information on grant funding, visit, call 951.955.0493 or email [email protected]


A new program designed to protect farm workers and food processing workers in Riverside County also began receiving requests on Wednesday.

The Riverside County Housing for the Harvest program provides temporary housing options, including hotel and motel rooms, for farm workers who are COVID-19 positive or exposed if they cannot self-isolate at home, according to county officials.

Riverside County is partnering with the TODEC Legal Center on this comprehensive program which also includes meals, transportation, welfare checks and a $ 2,000 allowance to cover lost work, officials said.

Housing for harvest is available statewide and provides optional housing assistance for any interested counties or regions. California has received FEMA approval for the program during the COVID-19 pandemic and is seeking federal reimbursement of 75% of hotel costs.

Farmers seeking assistance under the program can call the TODEC Legal Center at 888-863-3291. The request will be made by telephone, and the hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Assistance is provided in English, Spanish and Purépecha, officials said.


Meanwhile, the Riverside County Transportation Commission is receiving more than $ 1 million in CARES funding, it was announced Friday.

The RCTC, which oversees infrastructure projects across the county, was one of two California entities selected this month for another round of transportation aid under the federal CARES program promulgated by President Donald Trump. in March.

The money will be used to support security measures used in response to the coronavirus pandemic, federal officials said on Friday.

Last month, RCTC received $ 6 million in CARES cash, and the latest disbursement will be $ 1.3 million, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“We know that many public transportation systems in our country are facing extraordinary challenges, and these funds will go a long way in helping our partners in the transit industry to fight COVID-19,” said the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, Jane Williams. “These federal funds will support … essential travel and support transit workers who cannot work due to the public health emergency.”

According to Williams, $ 25 billion of CARES ‘$ 2 trillion in revenue is spent on transportation.
Money distributed to the RCTC and other entities can be used to purchase personal protective equipment, fund public transport reconfiguration and cover costs associated with promoting public transport, officials said.


Nineteen school districts are expected to receive $ 10 million in federal CARES funds allocated by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to the Riverside County Office of Education Foundation’s “All For One” campaign, it has been reported. announced Friday.

The money will be used to order additional laptops and mobile hotspots to support distance learning for students in Riverside County.

First announced in August, the “All For One” campaign will provide funds directly to districts to address student distance learning needs, said Judy D. White, Superintendent of Schools for Riverside County.

The total number of tablets / laptops and mobile access points ordered is:

 Laptops / tablets to order: 22 865

Mobile access points to order: 13,315

The following shows the allocation for each district (numbers are estimates based on $ 350 for a laptop / device and $ 150 for a hot spot):

 Alvord USD – 2,000 laptops / tablets, 200 mobile hotspots

 USD ban – 700 mobile hotspots

 Beaumont USD – 2,000 laptops / tablets, 2,500 mobile access points

 Coachella Valley USD – 2,500 laptops / tablets, 2,500 mobile hotspots

 Corona-Norco USD – 2,500 laptops / tablets, 1,000 mobile hotspots

 Desert Center USD – 15 laptops / tablets, 15 mobile hotspots

 Desert Sands USD – 100 mobile hotspots

 Hemet USD – 500 laptops / tablets, 500 mobile hotspots

 Jurupa USD – 2,500 laptops / tablets, 1,500 mobile access points

 Lac Elseneur USD – 1,000 laptops / tablets, 2,500 mobile access points

 Menifee Union SD – 500 laptops / tablets, 100 mobile hotspots

 Moreno Valley USD – 2,200 laptops / tablets

 Murrieta Valley USD – 2,500 laptops / tablets, 50 mobile hotspots

 Palo Verde USD – 250 laptops / tablets, 250 mobile hotspots

 Perris Elementary SD – 800 laptops / tablets  Perris Union HSD – 750 mobile access points

 Riverside USD – 2,200 laptops / tablets  San Jacinto USD – 400 laptops / tablets, 400 mobile hotspots

 Temecula Valley USD – 1,000 laptops / tablets, 250 mobile hotspots

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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