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Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday evening, April 17

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday evening, April 17
(📸: Kristen Dolan)

Cactus Hugs has been tracking local stories about the coronavirus.   For a rundown of all of our updates, click here. Stay safe, stay at a good social distance, and thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

As of 1 pm Friday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:

  • 2,457 people have tested positive for COVID-19.    
  • 69 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.  10 people have died in the last 24 hours.
  • There are currently 216 confirmed cases hospitalized, with 72 of them in the ICU.
  • There have been 544 official recovered cases in the county.

As of 8 am Friday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 1,032 cases of COVID-19.  There have been 47 deaths in San Bernardino County.

As of 4 pm Friday, there have been 29,175 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California.  There have been 1,041 confirmed deaths in the state.

The numbers are increasing everyday.  The individual stories are heartbreaking:

A manager at the SunDate packaging facility in Coachella has died from coronavirus complications, according to KESQ.

The number of deaths and confirmed COVID-19 cases at Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa have grown to 16 deaths and 103 confirmed cases, including 70 residents and 33 staff members.  The numbers are up from 75 confirmed cases and five deaths reported April 6.

California Senator Kamala Harris is demanding the government collect data on COVID-19 racial disparities and form a task force to close those inequalities:

Riverside County officials will now test residents who do not have symptoms, but want to be tested.  “We’re testing people already when they’re sick, but we need to understand how COVID-19 is affecting people who may generally feel well, including kids,” Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county public health officer, said in a statement. “That’s going to be a key indicator for understanding how it spreads and knowing where our areas of concern are when we think about if and how much to open things again.”  Those looking to be tested need to call 800-945-6171 for an appointment.

Doctors and other health care workers have moved into UC Riverside’s Extension building to avoid spreading coronavirus to their families and others in the community.

Protestors of the life-saving stay-at-home measures took the streets in Huntington Beach on Friday.  Many there were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing:

When asked about similar protests happening around the country, Donald Trump said he is not concerned about them spreading COVID-19.  He then went on to suggest that the owner of a meat packing plant is responsible for an outbreak there:

Governor Gavin Newsom announced an economic recovery committee which will include four former governors and business executives. The committee will be chaired by Tom Steyer:

The City of La Quinta has announced an economic relief program for businesses in the city who have been affected by COVID-19:

There will not be a Comic Con in San Diego this year.

Disneyland’s grad night parties have also been cancelled.

College of the Desert is offering online programs including photography, accounting, meditation, healing, writing, Microsoft, business, programming, and language open to the general public during the stay-at-home orders.  The sessions are designed in six-week blocks and the average cost of a course is $115.

KMIR is looking to air some short videos of members of the class of 2020:

Thinking about getting some takeout?

That’s all for this evening. Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay home. Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

Important information:

Congressman Raul Ruiz has posted a list of local resources and information.

The Washington Post offers plenty of ways that you can help during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you see someone price gouging, there is now a number for that.

The New York Times has an interactive map where you can track every coronavirus case in the United States.

The Washington Post is out with a guide to what you should know about the coronavirus.

Here is a memo by the Department of Homeland security identifying critical infrastructure workers.

The United Way of the Desert has assembled a nice list of information and resources available during the coronavirus here.

These are scary and anxious times.  Be safe and kind to each other out there and, please, remember to wash your hands.

Anything we missed? Let us know about it.