Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday, July 10

(📸: Sharon Calcagno)

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. Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs. For ways to keep this website going (and free!), click here.

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

  • 24,764 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  1,431 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.  This is yet another record high number of cases reported in a 24 hour period.  
  • 537 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes 4 people reported dead in the last 24 hours.

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

As of 3 pm Friday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:

  • 18,275 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 304 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 304,874 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 6,890 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say we have a serious ongoing problem, right now, as we speak,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Financial Times on Friday. “What worries me is the slope of the curve. It still looks like it’s exponential.”

Gilead Sciences published new data Friday on its antiviral drug remdesivir that shows it reduced the risk of death for severely sick coronavirus patients by 62% compared with standard care alone.  It is important to note, while those results seem promising, much more research needs to be done, the methodology of the findings is questionable, and this info was released by the drug company itself.

About 11,000 previously scheduled coronavirus tests were cancelled this week in San Bernardino County due to a shortage of testing supplies.  Nearly a third of those were at high desert testing sites in Victorville, Hesperia and Joshua Tree.

Half of California’s 58 counties are now on the state’s coronavirus watchlist. The state set a one-day record with 9,816 newly confirmed cases on Thursday. 137 people have died of coronavirus related deaths — the second highest totals on a single day since the pandemic began.

Up to 8,000 inmates could be released from California prisons by the end of August to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as outbreaks continue to flare up across the state prison system. “These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff,” Ralph Diaz, Secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a press release on Friday. “We aim to implement these decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety.”

The Mizell Center has temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The Meals on Wheels program, which is operated by the center, is still providing meal services during the two-week office closure.

Posted by Mizell Center on Friday, July 10, 2020

The New York Times reports on the future of California’s economy and, well, it’s not great. Economists at UCLA don’t see a full recovery from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic until “well past 2022.”  Some in California expect big changes to how business is done.  The owner of The Golden Squirrel, an Oakland bar / eatery, said he sees “a restaurant where people order at the bar, eat far from other patrons, then leave with a bag of groceries.”  And while this would be a safer experience, restaurants would have fewer employees, compensating for a less-full restaurant with expanded takeout orders. “Some of the changes will make us a better business in the future,” the owner told the Times. “The challenge is getting to that future.”

The Palm Springs Film festival is pushing back the dates of the 2021 fest. The event is now scheduled to run from Thursday, February 25, 2021 through Monday, March 8, 2021 – with the opening night being the Rich People Prom.

In the middle of March, 55% of Americans polled said they approved of how Donald Trump was handling the response to COVID-19.  In the latest polling, 67% of Americans said they disapprove of his response:

The Washington Post reports that those who have talked to Trump lately have been getting a “‘woe-is-me’ preamble” filled with complaints about the coronavirus killing the economy and being a victim of the “fake news” media.

Bill Nye the Science Guy took a moment to talk about wearing masks, which, in his words, is literally about life and death:


Updates will be back on Monday.  It’s going to be hot af in the Coachella Valley this weekend. Stay cool and stay safe. Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

These are stressful times for all of us. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and our desert community stronger. This link has some resources to help with coping and also numbers to call or text if you, or someone you know, feels overwhelmed.

Please, take care of yourself and each other. You are important. You are valued. You are loved. 💚🌵

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