Census Day Message from Supervisor V. Manuel Perez
Dear Fourth District and Riverside County residents,
There are several important topics today, Census Day, that I want to share with you.
Foremost, I want to emphasize how important it is that we continuously deliver the message of taking this very seriously and helping to Flatten the Curve. As of the start of today, we have 371 cases throughout Riverside County, with 13 lives that have been lost. Sadly, yesterday, our nation suffered the passing of over 800 individuals from coronavirus in one day’s span. We know that more cases are coming and these numbers can become someone you know. It can become your family member, it could be a child, it could be a neighbor, it could become you.
We continue working to save lives and get as ready as possible for the incoming medical surge. A 125-bed federal medical station will soon be up and running at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. This mobile hospital has all the equipment to run a basic hospital for stable, less severe patients, thereby allowing greater capacity at local hospitals. Another 125-bed federal medical station is coming to a second site to be announced in western Riverside County.
Yesterday, Public Health upgraded its guidance to include covering your face and launched Riverside County’s campaign of: stay in place, keep your space, and cover your face.
Now, onto the Census.
Today is officially Census Day. Anyone who has not completed the Census must do so to ensure we get critical funding for schools, roads, health care and neighborhoods. It is convenient to fill out online at www.My2020Census.gov, by phone, or by mail, and your information is protected.
We know that Riverside County and the Inland Empire region will be hit hard economically from this pandemic. Participating in the 2020 U.S. Census is vital to helping our communities bounce back. You can make a difference in achieving a full count by completing your 2020 Census questionnaire promptly and encouraging everyone to take part. For more information, visit www.IECounts.org.
In closing, we can do our part by staying in place, keeping our space, covering our face, and completing the Census and educating our communities. Thank you for all your efforts.
V. Manuel Perez
Chair, Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Supervisor, Fourth District