Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday, August 28

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

  • 51,734 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  126 people have been reported positive since Friday.
  • 1,007 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 10 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:

  • 46,892 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 716 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 694,771 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 12,742 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state will do away with the “watch list” system of tracking the coronavirus situation and begin using a four-tier, color coded classification system that will then determine which counties can move forward with business reopenings. Currently both Riverside and San Bernardino fall into the Widespread category (purple), which calls for most indoor operations to remain closed.  You can see how every county stands here.

Newsom also announced that salons and barbershops would be allowed to reopen on Monday for indoor service across the state, even in counties that have “widespread” coronavirus cases, such as Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

While Riverside and San Bernardino counties appear a ways out from being able to reopen many indoor businesses, the state’s new plan would allow for San Francisco and San Diego to reopen many businesses, including indoor dining, beginning on Monday.

Tenants facing financial hardship because of the pandemic would be protected from eviction through January, 2021 under a proposal announced Friday by California officials.  Tenants would need to pay 25% of their rent during that period under the plan, which now must get a two-thirds vote in each house of the Legislature by Monday night to fo forward.

A Foster Farms poultry-processing plant in Livingston was ordered by health officials to temporarily close after at least 358 workers tested positive for the coronavirus.  Eight workers at the facility have died from the virus.

A 25-year-old man living in Reno, Nevada, appears to be the first American to get reinfected by the coronavirus:

MGM Resorts International announced it will be laying off about 18,000 employees, more than one-quarter of its pre-pandemic U.S. workforce, due to the slow recovery of some casino markets.

USC has reported 104 positive coronavirus cases in the last four days, include eight student-athletes.  The university has identified one outbreak originating with a study group, while others were traced to sources including dinners and, in one case, a Monopoly game.

Two senior public relations experts advising the Food and Drug Administration have been fired after President Trump and the head of the organizartion exaggerated the proven benefits of a blood plasma treatment for COVID-19.


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