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As of 3 pm Friday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 33,467 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19. 654 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
- 637 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported no new deaths in the last 24 hours.
Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:
For the whole county, the number of tests reported rose by 38,252 in the last week, and that pretty much evens out the slump we saw in the two weeks before that. We're now averaging about 34,000 tests a week, over the past 5 weeks. pic.twitter.com/TrYUHYy5Ds
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) July 24, 2020
+4 from Wednesday
-23 from last Thursday (-13%)
-6 from Wednesday
40 of confirmed/suspected patients are in ICU, -5 from Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/oP9juzTChH
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) July 24, 2020
As of 3 pm Friday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:
- 26,796 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
- 372 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This includes 14 people reported dead in the county in the last 24 hours.
As of 4 pm Thursday, the State of California has confirmed:
- 436,312 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
- 8,280 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.
CNN: California reported 159 additional deaths from the coronavirus on Friday, according to data from the California Department of Public Health, the highest number recorded in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 24, 2020
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 24, 2020
A growing number of researchers say until there's an effective coronavirus vaccine in widespread use, we will never achieve herd immunity.
"It's going to be with us probably forever at this point," one expert says. "It's how we decide to live with it."https://t.co/z9be8U7d8t
— NPR (@NPR) July 24, 2020
Palm Springs extended the city’s temporary eviction moratorium through September 30. The moratorium was adopted in early April and has been extended several times. The ordinance prohibits landlords of residential and non-residential property from moving to evict tenants, if those tenants have suffered financially due to the pandemic. A city attorney did remind during the recent council meeting, “This ordinance does not prevent the tenant from being obligated to eventually pay back the rent.”
During the same council meeting, Riverside’s top health official said he doesn’t believe tourism has been responsible for much spread of coronavirus in the city of Palm Springs. He credited the open spaces downtown and the rest of the city with taming the spread of COVID-19 in the city and noted that really isn’t all that much data about tourism and its impact on the spread of coronavirus.
The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival won’t take place in 2021. The county announced the cancellation on Friday. Officials hope the festival will return in 2022, which would be its 75th anniversary.
Riverside County will hand out 10 million masks to residents as part of the “Masks are Medicine” campaign announced on Friday. The masks will be distributed by local nonprofits working in the community, as well as houses of worship, senior meal delivery programs and local businesses. In addition, everyone who visits a county or state-run testing location, will receive masks.
#RivCo officials are giving away 10 million masks as part of a new "Masks are Medicine" campaign that includes a pledge campaign.
— Riverside County Now (@RivCoNow) July 24, 2020
KESQ’s John White tweeted that he tested negative for the coronavirus – with the results taking nine days to come in:
The results are in from my Covid test on 7/15 and I did not have it 9 days ago. It's important to note the significant lag time. So results today may be a better reflection of what was going on in the community 7-10 days ago.https://t.co/KmRZec1vHE pic.twitter.com/cRB01l0GV3
— John White KESQ (@JohnWhiteKESQ) July 24, 2020
I was reminded after seeing this tweet about how the news had everyone working from home when this all started and even ran non-stop promos about it. Now, as cases spike to higher levels than we saw when that was going on, the local news anchors and weather people are no longer at home and some are apparently waiting nine days for covid test results. If they could work from home then…why not now? I am glad John is okay…or was nine days ago, anyway, but none of this makes any sense. And it’s not just the local TV people – they are just more high profile – it’s so many industries in the desert and around the country that maybe adapted for a little bit and then, for whatever reason, just gave up and put so many workers at risk. And so, here we are.
Be smart. Wear a mask. Vote.
Meanwhile, what’s the White House up to nowadays? Well…
Here's the White House press secretary whining about how "cancel culture" resulted in the cancellation of "Live PD" and discontinuation of LEGO making a police station set pic.twitter.com/I3vdff4yBp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2020
No need to worry. PAW Patrol is not canceled. 🐶
— PAW Patrol (@pawpatrol) July 24, 2020
Facts First: While both 'Cops' and 'Live PD' were actually canceled, PAW Patrol was not. Lego has also not stopped selling its police toy sets, though they temporarily stopped marketing them. https://t.co/srzBAVJmdD
— CNN (@CNN) July 24, 2020
The $600 per week unemployment ended for many people around the nation today, the PPP program is coming to an end, people are losing their jobs and many are unable to pay rent. But none of that stopped Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans from enjoying some rest and relaxation at home this weekend:
Nancy Pelosi: We were prepared to work through the weekend on the Relief Bill. Republicans refused & went home after McConnell said not until Monday. MSNBC.
— Michael Grossman (@MichaelArt123) July 24, 2020
— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) July 24, 2020
Updates will resume on Monday. Stay safe. Wear a mask. 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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