Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Monday, August 31

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

  • 52,909 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  1,049 people have been reported positive since Friday.
  • 1,019 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 7 new deaths since Friday

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

As of 4 pm Monday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:

  • 47,642 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 716 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 707,896 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 12,975 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

August has been the deadliest month during the coronavirus pandemic in California. The state has officially reported 3,707 deaths connected to COVID-19, an 18% increase over July, according to Los Angeles Times analysis.

And, as bad as things have been, they could get much, much worse:

There has been a lot of focus on deaths from COVID-19 – and rightfully so, as nearly 200,000 Americans have now died – but the long-term effects for those who have “recovered” and still being learned. A recent study of 60 COVID-19 patients found that 55% of them still had neurological problems during follow-up visits three months later. And when doctors compared brain scans of these 60 COVID patients with those of a control group who had not been infected, they found that the brains of the COVID patients showed structural changes that correlated with memory loss and smell loss.

Contact tracing has been working just about everywhere in the world except for the United States.  Why?  The Atlantic reports.

As students go back to school virtually, some are experiencing “Zoom intrusions,” according to KESQ. Representatives for Desert Sands Unified School District were not available to comment on what, exactly, the intrusions were like for those taking classes at Palm Desert High School, but district spokesperson Mary Perry told the TV station that the “online interruptions” were coming from students “from throughout the district and the valley” and that they were being addressed “by the school administrators and parents”.

The Desert Sun reports on the creative ways local teachers are educating students through online learning.

The pandemic has led the DMV to speed things up and make things easier for residents.  As the LA Times reports, the agency has sped up the Real ID process and allowed for vehicle title transfers, registrations, duplicate driver’s licenses and driver’s license renewals and other services to be completed totally online.

You can get a haircut inside again starting today.

Sunnylands will be opening its outdoor areas in a couple of weeks:


Stay cool.  Stay safe.  Wear a mask.

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