Cactus Hugs has been tracking local stories about the coronavirus. For a rundown of all of our updates, click here.
- As of 4 pm Saturday, Riverside County officials have confirmed 195 people have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 8 reported deaths in the county.
- As of 4 pm Saturday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 76 cases of COVID-19. There has been 3 deaths in San Bernardino County.
- The U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the U.S. will certainly have “millions of cases” of COVID-19 and could see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths:
Fauci to @jaketapper: we could see "100,000 to 200,000 cases, but I don't want to be held to that… excuse me, *deaths*. We're going to have millions of cases…" 😐 pic.twitter.com/384FOhWJ7S
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) March 29, 2020
- Fauci also discussed the timeline of lifting social distancing restrictions, which, according to Fauci, comes down to the being able to getting rapid point-of-care tests:
Dr. Anthony Fauci on when social distancing guidelines can be lifted: It’s going to depend a lot on “the availability of those rapid tests.”
"It’s going to be a matter of weeks … and if we need to push the date forward, we will push the date forward.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/mmL6dlUNve
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 29, 2020
- “Sorry liberals but we don’t trust Dr. Anthony Fauci” – The New York Times reports on the online campaign to attack Dr. Fauci. “There seems to be a concerted effort on the part of Trump supporters to spread misinformation about the virus aggressively,” a professor of biology at the University of Washington, who has studied misinformation, told the paper.
- The death of a 25-year-old pharmacy tech who was discovered dead of COVID-19 in a LA Quinta hotel residence has officials warning that the elderly are not the only ones who need to be concerned about the coronavirus being deadly. The San Diego man, who contracted COVID-19 outside of the Coachella Valley, had no underlying health issues.
- “It was very extreme. Your energy completely leaves your body. It was to the point where I couldn’t even move.” a 30-year-old Orange County woman who had coronavirus is speaking out in an attempt to get more people take it seriously.
- April is going to be an especially cruel month in California.
- Meanwhile, in Washington DC:
Will be doing a press conference today at 5:00 P.M. The White House. People are working harder than I have ever seen people work. It is a beautiful thing to watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
- The Washington Post reports on “the impromptu Great American Migration of 2020” – which has seen millions of Americans moving over the last few weeks in what “looks urgent and temporary but might contain the seeds of a wholesale shift in where and how Americans live.”
- Former Angels outfielder Jim Edmonds went to the hospital for coronavirus testing and is awaiting results.
- A doctor has posted a video about the best practices for doing your grocery shopping, putting your items away, and receiving takeout during the coronavirus pandemic:
- The LA Times shows what it’s like to be a food courier these days – watch and then tip the hell out of them:
- Costco has added a third weekly senior shopping hour.
- The LA Times offers five things you can do to support your favorite local restaurants including buying gift cars, buying to-go meals for others in need, and tagging the eateries on your social media posts.
- The La Quinta Farmer’s Market is open this morning, with a few changes for safety – plus, you can grab some beer!
TOMORROW! We’ll be on the patio of the Old Town Taproom in La Quinta, Sunday morning at 9am with “to go” beer. Come see us! #supportlocal #smallbusiness #community #tastethesunshine #laquintabrewing #authenticallylocal #independentbeer #staycool #drinklocal #craftnotcrap pic.twitter.com/7KgqIod4fr
— La Quinta Brewing Co (@LaQuintaBrewing) March 29, 2020
- That’s all for this morning, awesome reader. As always, thank you for your support of Cactus Hugs. Take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors.
- Congressman Raul Ruiz has posted a list of local resources and information.
- The Washington Post offers plenty of ways that you can help during the coronavirus pandemic.
- If you see someone price gouging, there is now a number for that.
- The New York Times has an interactive map where you can track every coronavirus case in the United States.
- The Washington Post is out with a guide to what you should know about the coronavirus.
- Schools are closed, but free student meals are available. Here is the information on meal programs during this time for each Coachella Valley school district.
- Here is a memo by the Department of Homeland security identifying critical infrastructure workers.
- The United Way of the Desert has assembled a nice list of information and resources available during the coronavirus here.
— Eisenhower Health (@EisenhowerHeal) March 9, 2020
- These are scary and anxious times. Be safe and kind to each other out there and, please, remember to wash your hands.
- Anything we missed? Let us know about it.
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