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As of 1 pm Saturday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 3,409 people have tested positive for COVID-19. 94 people have tested positive in the last 24 hours.
- 117 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. 5 people have died in the last 24 hours
- There are currently 223 confirmed cases hospitalized, with 82 of them in the ICU.
- There have been 1,133 official recovered cases in the county.
As of 8 pm Saturday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 1,732 cases of COVID-19. There have been 82 deaths in San Bernardino County.
As of 9:30 pm Saturday, there have been 42,609 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California. There have been 1,695 confirmed deaths in the state.
Reported US coronavirus deaths:
8 weeks ago: 1 death
7 weeks ago: 19 deaths
6 weeks ago: 58 deaths
5 weeks ago: 323 deaths
4 weeks ago: 2,043 deaths
3 weeks ago: 8,488 deaths
2 weeks ago: 20,604 deaths
1 week ago: 38,903 deaths
Right now: 53,755 deaths
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) April 26, 2020
The numbers are increasing everyday. They are not just numbers. They are people. The individual stories are heartbreaking:
Jose Santoyo fought COVID-19 for nearly three weeks and made it to 61 years old before succumbing to the disease, according to his family https://t.co/AMo4trNOaw
— KTLA (@KTLA) April 26, 2020
A 39-year-old federal prison employee died and later tested positive for coronavirus — her coworkers say unsafe conditions may be to blame https://t.co/HQvLfIv6sh pic.twitter.com/zskVbTB13t
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 26, 2020
Andrew Coffield, 29, says he was on a ventilator for 7 days during his 13-day hospitalization. He was told he was unconscious for about 5 days, and his 2-year-old son would FaceTime with him, saying, "Daddy, wake up. Daddy, wake up." https://t.co/vzNI9Aigb1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 26, 2020
20 pages of obituaries today in the @BostonGlobe starting with this full page listing. 😥#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/U8EnzBoXos
— Kerry Dunne (@dunneteach) April 26, 2020
Black and Latino Californians ages 18 to 64 are dying more frequently of COVID-19 than their white and Asian counterparts relative to their share of the population, reports the LA Times. The times finds that the data goes against the conventional wisdom that old age is the primary risk factor for death.
The autopsy of a 57-year-old woman from Santa Clara County who died on February 6 of coronavirus found that she had traces of the virus in her heart, trachea, lungs and intestines. The autopsy further states that the woman had reported flu-like symptoms in the days leading up to her death and while she had a mildly enlarged heart, she had no coronary heart disease or blot clots that would have triggered a heart attack. According to the autopsy, blood had pooled in the sac around her heart, which lead to pressure on the organ, causing it to rupture.
The CDC has updated its list of possible coronavirus symptoms to include: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Shortness of breath has also been changed to “shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.” The full list of symptoms now is:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
An employee who works at Vyaire Medica, a medical ventilator manufacturing facility in Palm Springs, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The company said the employee was sent home, their work area cleaned and sterilized, and the facility remains open. The company says they will be monitoring other employees for symptoms.
Riverside County has submitted a written course of action and promised to provide regular updates on the health of its infected inmates. The move follows a ruling by a judge last week. The county has agreed to submit a written plan detailing the Sheriff’s Department’s efforts and commitments to combat the spread of the virus in the jails, identifying those who may be at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and regular testing and reporting.
The Coachella Valley’s cannabis facilities have been deemed essential business and remain open. But, as marijuana is still illegal under federal law, many aid programs available to other types of business are not available to them. The Desert Sun reports on the cannabis industry during the pandemic.
So Cal beaches have been packed this weekend:
RIGHT NOW: This is the scene from #Air7HD in Newport Beach, CA as the #COVID19 death toll surges in Southern California @ABC7 #LosAngeles pic.twitter.com/Nmta8hU69H
— Chris Cristi (@abc7chriscristi) April 24, 2020
Meanwhile, Catalina has basically turned into a ghost town.
While many small businesses struggle to apply and receive aid from the federal government, a Dallas hotel management chain says it has received $60 million from the PPP program and has no plans on giving it back.
If you have cabin fever and you really love modernism, the Palm Springs Modern Committee and Palm Springs Life have created an app that takes you on a tour of more than 80 famous and architecturally significant modern homes and commercial buildings throughout the Coachella Valley.
StageCouch concludes today:
The Coachella Valley’s public pools remain closed and community pools are only allowing one person in the pool at a time. If you are still looking for a way to get your laps in, there is always this…
Pools closed? No problem. These swimmers just rigged up an innovative way get their laps in. pic.twitter.com/SZII2iGZlM pic.twitter.com/LWT5BIyC4C
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 26, 2020
That’s all for this morning. Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay home.
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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.
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.
These are scary and anxious times. Be safe and kind to each other out there and, please, remember to wash your hands.
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