The coronavirus continues to rise in the inland region and is reflective of what is occurring across the country and around the world. This has resulted in tighter restrictions in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties as efforts to curb the spread of the virus and increase testing locally continues. The current risk level in both counties is considered “widespread” and, as a result, many non-essential indoor businesses are closed. Thursday morning Nov. 5 there were a combined 134 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds across the inland region. In San Bernardino County, Supervisor Curt Hagman recently acknowledged state officials were helpful in providing additional COVID resources, however, the board has been less successful in convincing the state to relax COVID safety mandates in the county’s rural areas.