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Well, look at that, we made it through another week (I think, I don’t know what days are anymore). Stay strong 🌵💚
As of 1 pm Friday, Riverside County officials have confirmed 638 people have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 15 confirmed deaths in the county.
As of 4 pm Thursday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 304 cases of COVID-19. There has been 8 deaths in San Bernardino County.
As of 4:30 am Friday, there have been 12,267 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California. There have been 275 deaths in the state.
About a dozen workers expected to test 185 people for COVID-19 at the Indio Fairgrounds on Friday.
Musician Christopher Cross has been diagnosed with coronavirus:
Five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross has been diagnosed with the coronavirus: "Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I've ever had" https://t.co/lKug69JvVA
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 3, 2020
As has CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin:
Sending prayers, love, strength, and hope to my friend and colleague Brooke Baldwin https://t.co/NX4bPQedS1
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 3, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state of California has secured 15,000 hotel and motel rooms to help house the homeless:
NEW: With help from @FEMA we’re identifying 15,000 hotel/motel rooms to help house our most vulnerable homeless population — a first in the nation effort.
Homelessness is a crisis that predates the current crisis. We're doing everything we can to meet it head-on.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 3, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Friday recommending that the public voluntarily wear a non-medical basic cloth or fabric mask that can be either purchased online or simply made at home.
Meanwhile, in Washington DC:
true leadership pic.twitter.com/vbA4SvDklw
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 3, 2020
Congressman Raul Ruiz donated blood at LifeStream Blood Bank on Thursday. “I was glad to assist our local blood bank to help patients in need during this public health crisis,” he said in a LifeStream press release. “I appreciate the Coronavirus precautions LifeStream is taking to protect blood donors during this public health crisis” You can schedule an appointment here.
His opponent in the upcoming election tweeted this:
What could go wrong. US loosens blood donor restrictions; https://t.co/X1mC1X34bo
— CRUZ FOR THE PEOPLE (CA) (@RealErinCruz) April 3, 2020
The local news just won’t let the golf course thing go:
@RivCoDoc looking to do an interview with you tonight regarding the shutdown of golf courses in the County. In the Coachella Valley there is immense push back. It's not a State mandate, other counties allowing golf, June 17th end date? Questions unanswered.
— Karen Devine (@KarenDevineKESQ) April 3, 2020
KESQ is also doing a telethon for the FIND Food Bank tonight:
TONIGHT at 7!!! It's the 10th annual FIND Food Bank Telethon right here on KESQ News Channel 3!
FACT ABOUT FIND FOOD BANK:
All food at FIND Food Bank’s warehouse is checked for expiration dates, sorted and then distributed to those in need!https://t.co/tVHNQgGjiT pic.twitter.com/MSgjBP71SZ
— KESQ News Channel 3 (@KESQ) April 3, 2020
Coachella has created backgrounds for your next Zoom call:
Chat or take a meeting from the desert 🌵 Save a virtual background to your desktop and upload to your preferred video chat to enjoy Coachella remotely – https://t.co/iBofvI3lFD pic.twitter.com/IHDj7DqPPr
— Coachella (@coachella) April 3, 2020
We put together a list of things you can do in Palm Springs this weekend.
That’s all for this evening. As always, thank you for your support of Cactus Hugs. Take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors – and, please, be well.
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.
Schools are closed, but free student meals are available. Here is the information on meal programs during this time for each Coachella Valley school district.
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.
— Eisenhower Health (@EisenhowerHeal) March 9, 2020
These are scary and anxious times. Be safe and kind to each other out there and, please, remember to wash your hands.
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