Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday, August 21

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As of 3 pm Friday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:

  • 49,482 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  526 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours..
  • 927 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 5 new deaths in the last 24 hours

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

As of 4 pm Friday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:

  • 43,943 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 629 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

As of 4 pm Friday, the State of California has confirmed:

        • 657,797 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
        • 11,937 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

The Desert Sun has a roundup of what local mayors would like to do in the current state of the pandemic and Riverside County’s odd plan to open wedding receptions, events, and movie theaters in just a few weeks.  While some mayors (Palm Springs, Coachella, Cathedral City) were concerned about the lack of PPE, contact tracing, and scientific input being used in the plan, the mayors of Indio and La Quinta said they were more than ready to reopen.  “There’s no reason why everything can’t be open if you’re washing your hands, covering your face and maintaining your space,” La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans told the newspaper.

Orange County could be removed from California’s coronavirus watch list as soon as Saturday. The possible removal from the list comes as hospitalizations in the county are dropping and as two dozen private elementary schools and the Los Alamitos Unified School District received approval via waivers to resume in-person education on campus:

Many colleges around the US opted in favor of in-person instruction this fall.  Things are already off to a bad start. Some of these schools have already had sizable coronavirus outbreaks. The New York Times has identified more than 17,000 cases at more than 650 American colleges and universities over the months, which has left schools, students, teachers, and parents scrambling.

Lauren Nichols was sickened with COVID-19 at the beginning of March. 150 days later, she was on her fifth month of gastrointestinal problems and severe morning nausea. She still has extreme fatigue, bulging veins, excessive bruising, an erratic heartbeat, short-term memory loss, gynecological problems, sensitivity to light and sounds, and brain fog. The Atlantic reports on COVID-19’s long-haulers and how little is known about the long-term effects of the virus.

The LA Times offers up the surprising story of the salesman who became L.A.’s first known COVID-19 patient, who spent five weeks in top-secret isolation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Sales of previously-owned homes in the U.S. rose 24.7% between June and July – but is this really a good time to buy?  MarketWatch asked the experts.


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