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Riverside County Health Officials Recommend Widespread Face Mask Use Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

 – The Press-Enterprise

Public gatherings were further restricted and those venturing outside were ordered to cover their faces Saturday after three more Riverside County residents died of COVID-19, for a total of 18, and the number of confirmed infections countywide climbed to 665. Sixty patients who tested positive have now recovered, according to county health officials. The county had 638 confirmed cases as of Friday. In response to the rapid rise in cases, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser on Saturday ordered that no gatherings of any number of people may take place outside of family members residing in the same home. Kaiser also ordered everyone to cover their face when leaving home, including essential workers. Those coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes, he said in a news release. Residents should not purchase N95 or surgical masks because there are a limited number of those and they are needed for the healthcare community and first responders, he said. READ ON THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE