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As of 4 pm Friday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 5,618 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
- 178 people have been reported to have tested positive in the last 24 hours
- 242 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.
- 7 people have been reported dead in the last 24 hours.
- There are currently 184 confirmed cases hospitalized.
- 68 of those people in the ICU.
- There have been 3,430 official recovered cases in the county.
- The county has conducted 80,937 tests.
- There have been 1,998 reported tests in the last 24 hours.
Riverside County will not be releasing updates again until this afternoon:
— Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) May 16, 2020
As of 3 pm Sunday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 3,511 cases of COVID-19. There have been 155 deaths in San Bernardino County.
As of 10 pm Sunday, there have been 80,165 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California. There have been 3,240 confirmed deaths in the state.
According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, there are at least 1,490,195 cases of coronavirus in the U.S.
At least 89,636 people have died in the U.S. from coronavirus.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 18, 2020
The numbers increase everyday. They are more than just numbers. They are people we have lost:
Rich Herman was a lifelong learner. In his mid-40s, Herman found a passion for blacksmithing and became president of the Guild of Metalsmiths. He enjoyed conducting blacksmithing demonstrations at the Minnesota Zoo. He died of #coronavirus. https://t.co/blk71FhRP1
— Bruce Bourgoine (@BruceBourgoine) May 18, 2020
— Birmingham Live (@birmingham_live) May 17, 2020
Moderna announced promising early results from its first human safety tests of a coronavirus vaccine. The company reported that in eight patients who had been followed for a month and a half, the vaccine at low and medium doses triggered blood levels of virus-fighting antibodies that were similar or greater than those found in patients who recovered. The findings suggest, but don’t prove, that it triggers some level of immunity. The company plans to launch a large clinical trial in July aimed at showing whether the vaccine works.
Encouraging news today on Moderna vaccine. Technology will eventually let us greatly reduce the covid threat and reclaim normal times. Early data shows it generates robust immune reaction, and its dose dependent. Getting dose right is key. Moderna now testing a new 50mcg dose 1/x
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) May 18, 2020
There's some suggestion vaccines could protect us from bad symptoms of covid but not totally protect us from getting the infection (like a flu shot) https://t.co/WC389mKN34. The good news is there's now accumulating evidence across multiple products that we should get a vaccine.
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) May 18, 2020
Tow months ago, California moved to close things down, while New York didn’t. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the idea of stay-at-home orders “dangerous,” suggested they served only to scare people, and that “‘shelter-in-place’ sounded like it was a response to a nuclear apocalypse.” Propublica reports on the response to the pandemic on both coasts, which resulted in New York suffering 10 times more deaths than California.
A Victorville woman was the first patient at her local hospital to test positive for the coronavirus and one of the first to be released. She thought she was in the clear, she told her doctor she was feeling great, then she tested positive a second time.
Janice Brown was the first patient at Desert Valley to test positive for the coronavirus. One of the first to be released. She thought she was in the clear.
Two weeks later, she had tested positive a second time. https://t.co/FJLhs3Ue3x
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 18, 2020
Latinos comprise 40% percent of the population of California, but they make up 53% of confirmed coronavirus cases – as for many, their jobs are deemed essential and staying at home is not an option. “They’re trying to do their part to get us out of this crisis,” a workers rights advocate told the LA Times. “Yet we can’t provide face masks. We can’t give them the space to give them 6 feet of separation between their co-workers.”
Videos are now being posted of people melting down over having to wear a mask at he grocery store. A 23-minute video out of Palos Verdes shows a woman complaining at a Trader Joe’s. “We are in America here,” she says, “land of the free.” Another video, which has been shared thousands of times, shows a very nice staff at a Gelson’s supermarket in Dana Point offering to assist a woman with her shopping and informing her of the store’s mandatory mask rules while she records and bitches and complains. The “Karen” in the video, Shelley Lewis, has been advocating on social media against COVID-19 regulations:
Karen gets upset that a store won't let her shop without a protective facemask. She then tried to pretend like she's the victim, despite the store giving her options. This is pure arrogance. https://t.co/qgFLhKjgxd #COVIDIDIOTS #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/OXV4EQLOgD
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 17, 2020
Joshua Tree National Park has quietly reopened. Entrances to the park are staffed, but workers aren’t collecting entrance fees. Also open inside the park are parking lots, trails, family campsites, and most restroom facilities.
The General Patton Memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit, just east of the Coachella Valley, announced over the weekend that its annual Memorial Day ceremony will not take place this year.
The Living Desert has announced some new policies once it is allowed to reopen. The zoo will be limiting guest admittance, offer a timed-ticketing system, and have one-way walking patterns throughout the park. Staff and volunteers will also undergo a daily wellness screening.
Instacart drivers are calling some of their customers out and asking them to stop “tip baiting” – when a customer adds a large tip to their order, only to reduce the tip or even eliminate it completely once they receive their items.
A doctor has a message about the government conducting flyovers to honor healthcare workers:
This US doctor has had enough of the ‘tributes’. He makes his point powerfully and impressively. pic.twitter.com/3raQsdFXiH
— Tim Brannigan (@tim_brannigan) May 17, 2020
Finally, it’s a good time to be penguins. After a recent group of penguins was treated to a tour of a Chicago aquarium, another group was given a tour of a Kansas City museum:
That’s all for this morning. Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay home.
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