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Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Monday, June 8

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Monday, June 8
(📸: Sue Farris)

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 Monday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:

  • 9,206 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  429 people have been reported positive since Friday.
  • 356 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes one reported death since Friday.

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

  • 6,247 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 221 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 133,216 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 4,657 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

The numbers increase everyday…

They are more than just numbers…

They are people we have lost:

The World Heath Organization said on Monday that coronavirus patients without symptoms aren’t driving the spread of the virus. Some people, particularly young and otherwise healthy individuals, who are infected by the coronavirus never develop symptoms or only develop mild symptoms. Others might not develop symptoms until days after they were actually infected.“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” the head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit stated. “It’s very rare.

Policies meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus — including shelter-in-place measures, closing businesses, social distancing, and working from home — helped to avert 4.8 million coronavirus cases in the US, according to a new study by UC Berkeley.  The number includes nearly 1.7 million cases in California.

Texas was among the first states to relax its statewide stay-at-home order at the end of April. On Monday, the reported a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations Monday reached a record high. There are currently 1,935 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the state

On Monday, California released guidelines for schools reopening. Officials say there are no mandates, as “there’s no one size fits all” approach. Among the suggested measures: taking temperatures at entrances, spacing out students 6 feet apart (even using gyms and cafeterias for classes to do so), and “maximizing outdoor time for children in accordance with schedules to rotate use and allow for cleaning of any shared materials or equipment.”

So Cal health officials want you to get tested for the coronavirus if you’ve been to a protest or any large gathering where people haven’t worn masks. The public health director of LA County warned in the LA Times that those who test negative shouldn’t drop their guard. Even if you’ve tested negative, “you still need to remain away from others for 14 days after you’ve had your exposure,” she told the newspaper. For anyone who lives at home with older people or someone with an underlying medical condition, “it’s particularly important that you maintain six feet of distance and you wear a face covering — even while you’re with them at your home.”

California’s Attorney General reminds that while coronavirus contact tracing is an important tool to help slow the spread of the virus, scammers are using it to try to take advantage of people.  Real contact tracers will not ask for things like your social security number of bank account info:

In May, it was announced that many Wendy’s restaurants had run out of beef.  Now, a month later, the company announced that “at this point in time, beef supply has returned to near-normal levels across the Wendy’s system.”  So you can rest easy…after a Baconator or two.

The New York Times asked 511 epidemiologists when they expect to do things in their personal lives like fly on a plane, hug, got a gym, and attend a concert again. Some things, like going to a doctor or a vacation within a short driving distance wasn’t deemed to be too far away and likely for them this summer.  For other things such as going to a ball game, shaking hands, and not wearing a mask, most believe it’s at least a year away for them.

California’s theme parks have yet to reopen, but Florida’s Universal Orlando Resort has.  So how was it?  The park limited entry and, as you will see in the video below, the park appeared to be almost empty. “The reopening day was one of the slowest days I’ve ever seen at Universal Orlando since I’ve been attending,” the man who filmed the video told CNN.


That’s all for this evening. Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay home.

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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