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Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Sunday evening, April 5

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Sunday evening, April 5
(📸: Anna Reyes)

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, and thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

As of 1 pm Saturday, Riverside County officials have confirmed 799 people have tested positive for COVID-19.  There have been 19 confirmed deaths in the county.

As of 8 am Sunday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 372 cases of COVID-19.  There has been 13 deaths in San Bernardino County.

As of 4:26 pm Sunday, there have been 15,037 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California.  There have been 347 deaths in the state.

Thirty patients and some staff members at a skilled nursing facility in Riverside have tested positive for coronavirus.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that it’s likely the coronavirus “will assume a seasonal nature” because it is unlikely to be contained around the world this year. “Unless we get this globally under control, there is a very good chance that it’ll assume a seasonal nature,” he said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, has been hospitalized:

New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday due to complications from the coronavirus at the age of 73.  He nailed on of the most famous kicks in NFL history, a 63 yard field goal against the lions in 1970, a record at the time.

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for COVID-19:

California has launched a website where you can donate 13 items, from ventilators to hand sanitizer needed by hospitals and first responders.

According to KESQ, if you are not covering your face, you are not getting into Target or Walmart:

The Desert Sun has a gallery of many residents of the Coachella Valley now wearing masks.

Meanwhile, in Washington DC:

The government’s economic stimulus programs are not off to a very good start. As the Washington Post reports, “Small-business owners have reported delays in getting approved for loans without which they will close their doors, while others say they have been denied altogether by their lenders and do not understand why.”

The City of Indio reminds that, with you being and home and the earth now constantly shaking, it might be a good time to put together an earthquake kit:

If you plan on donating blood be sure to make an appointment, rather than just walking in:

If you know anyone in the Eastern Coachella Valley that need help, such as seniors needing protein shakes or families with babies who need of diapers or formula, you can contact the Galilee Center – who offer a variety of services for those in need:

Thinking about grabbing some takeout?  Here are some local options for you to consider:

Finally, the Queen has message of unity and hope that many of us need right now:

That’s all for this evening.  Thank you for continued your support of Cactus Hugs.

Important information:

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.

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.