July 3, 2020
Brooke Federico, (951) 743-0075
Public contact: 2-1-1
Public service announcement: Stay at home this Fourth of July
Riverside County created a public service announcement calling on all residents and visitors to
avoid social gatherings this Fourth of July due to the danger of spreading COVID-19. Social
gatherings are a known source of spreading the disease.
U.S. Army veteran Ralph Duarte and employee of the Riverside County Department of Veterans
Services provided the voiceover for the video in both English and Spanish. Duarte is a Coachella
Valley resident who served as an army ranger with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger
Regiment in Fort Bennington, GA.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has continued to sharply rise recently, along with
hospitalizations and ICU usage throughout all of Southern California. This week, the county has
reported new records throughout the week for the number of cases reported in a single day.
Health officials are concerned the Independence Day weekend could cause a spike if residents
do not adhere to safety guidelines. Everyone has a part to play in flattening the curve and
slowing the spread of the disease.
The simple actions of wearing required face coverings, maintaining social distancing and
frequent handwashing can reduce the spread by up to 95 percent. “If there was a medicine we
could take that would protect us up to 95 percent, we would all take it,” said Dr. Geoffrey
Leung, ambulatory director at Riverside University Health System – Medical Center.
Watch the public service announcement here: https://vimeo.com/434961119.
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