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As of 3 pm Friday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 15,643 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19. 501 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
- 438 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes 3 people reported dead in the last 24 hours.
Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:
-9 from Wednesday
+2 from last Thursday pic.twitter.com/lfpgLTtZz0
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) June 26, 2020
For all of Riverside County, 34,023 tests were reported last week, up from 27,407 the week before.
By my calculation the county-wide positivity rate (new cases ÷ new tests) is 8.4% over the last 14 days. That's on the high side — the state likes to see it under 8%. pic.twitter.com/l8dC2HmvI5
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) June 26, 2020
As of 3 pm Friday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:
- 11,290 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
- 248 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.
As of 4 pm Friday, the State of California has confirmed:
- 202,071 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
- 5,815 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.
Nationally, things are not going well:
BREAKING NEWS: United States sets national record for new COVID-19 diagnoses for third consecutive day—41,404 and counting—with this "second spike" of the first wave of the pandemic now clearly worse than the first, suggesting a "1918 Pandemic" scenario but on a much faster cycle pic.twitter.com/BkJV9o8Vxh
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 26, 2020
The Desert Sun breaks down coronavirus deaths by city in the Coachella Valley, which has now lost 111 people to COVID-19. Palm Desert has seen the most deaths (29), with Indio having the second most reported coronavirus deaths (25).
Several employees at Riverside County’s Administrative Center have tested positive for coronavirus. The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be virtual. Last month, the board voted against the recommendations of their own health department, including an order for people in the county to wear masks:
The next Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for Tuesday (June 30) will be virtual as permitted by the State of California during the pandemic. Members of the public may watch and listen online at https://t.co/mPwwRMKm6q or https://t.co/IJ1fCLqp1e.
— Riverside County Now (@RivCoNow) June 27, 2020
As new coronavirus cases surge in California, data shows more than half of cases are among people under 50. As of Wednesday, 56% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 were between the ages of 18 to 49, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Mounting clues suggest the coronavirus might trigger diabetes. Evidence from tissue studies and some people with coronavirus appears to show that the virus damages insulin-producing cells.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging Imperial County to “pull back” and to reinstate its stay-at-home order. The county is seeing a surge in cases and has only two hospitals. Imperial “If they are not able to come to some consensus,” Newsom warned, “I am committed to intervening.”
Hundreds of nurses began a 10-day strike Friday morning, over what they say is dangerously low staffing at Riverside Community Hospital. At least 400 nurses from other hospitals were scheduled to take part to try to prevent the strike from affecting patient care:
Kerry Cavazos, a RN at Riverside Community Hospital and @SEIU121RN chapter president, joins hundreds of nurses as they launch their 10-day strike over patient and nurse safety issues. pic.twitter.com/A9mwINatu6
— Watchara Phomicinda (@watcharaphotog) June 26, 2020
Baseball is preparing to begin a shortened season starting in July. On Thursday, the Los Angles Dodgers announced “some people” in the organization have tested positive.
Movie studios had expected to begin releasing new releases in theaters again in July – but, on Friday, Disney moved “Mulan” back to August, signaling that Hollywood has basically given up on trying to release any notable films anytime soon.
The European Union is likely to ban travelers from the United States. As the US has failed to contain the pandemic, the EU now feels that admitting people from the US and 26 other countries is too risky:
BREAKING: EU to ban US travelers due to spike in coronavirus cases, source says. https://t.co/s4pfh2Fx5v
— ABC News (@ABC) June 26, 2020
The White House’s Coronavirus Task Force held a press conference for the first time in two months on Friday. It was the first briefing since President Donald Trump suggested people inject bleach to fight the coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence led the conference and was less than truthful about the current situation:
VP Mike Pence: "We slowed the spread, we flattened the curve, we saved lives." pic.twitter.com/IJokFwRF8x
— The Recount (@therecount) June 26, 2020
During the conference, Dr. Anthony Fauci advised that people should listen to and follow the guidance and recommendations of their local health officials. When asked why the Trump campaign wasn’t doing the same, Pence responded that it was about freedom of speech and then hastily ended the conference:
.@PaulaReidCBS: You’re telling people to listen to local officials, but in Tulsa you defied them to have an event that resulted in dozen of people being quarantined. How can you say the campaign isn’t part of the problem?
PENCE: Well, freedom of speech is in the constitution pic.twitter.com/zhf2md8dvr
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2020
Even Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 26, 2020
Behind-the-wheel drivers tests are back at the DMV, with some safety protocols in place, which include mandatory face coverings and temperature screenings:
Behind-the-Wheel drive tests previously canceled due to #COVID19 will resume THIS Friday.
New appointments will be made available at a later time.
— CA DMV (@CA_DMV) June 22, 2020
Ruh-roh! This puppy stole his owner’s dentures and now he’s an internet star 🐶 🦷 pic.twitter.com/zPNqQUjbY6
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 26, 2020
Updates will resume on Monday. Have a nice weekend. Be smart. Be safe.
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