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Wed. Nov 23rd, 2022

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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