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 1:30 pm Wednesday, Riverside County officials have confirmed 429 people have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 13 confirmed deaths in the county.
As of 8 am Thursday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 254 cases of COVID-19. There has been 6 deaths in San Bernardino County.
As of 12:32 am Thursday, there have been 9,937 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California. There have been 215 deaths in the state.
Riverside County Health officials released projections on Wednesday, with over 60,000 infections possible by early May:
— Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) April 1, 2020
Tenet Healthcare – the company that operates JFK, Desert Regional and Hi-Desert medical centers – announced this week postpone 401(k) matching for the near future, due to the pandemic.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo described what he has been experiencing as he battles COVID-19:
Chris Cuomo’s Covid-19 experience sounds brutal pic.twitter.com/l31SPqX97q
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 2, 2020
More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment last week, a record. Officials say over 10 million people applied in March.
School’s out for the summer:
Important update regarding the current school closure order. Today, @RivCoDoc extended the original school closure through June 19. Thus, the remainder of the school year will be facilitated through distance learning. More info at https://t.co/PwKJm7Rh0D
— Desert Sands USD #DSUSDpride (@DesertSandsUSD) April 2, 2020
Governor Newsom is over states that are not telling people to stay at home:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s message to states that have not issued stay-at-home orders: “What are you waiting for? What more evidence do you need? … There’s no greater intervention, period, full stop, none, than physical distancing.” pic.twitter.com/iiAoxr3O4k
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) April 1, 2020
Seriously though, everyone should really stay at home:
"Welcome again to a Sunday civil disobedience act."
That was a Sacramento pastor speaking from the pulpit on Sunday. On Wednesday, officials revealed that nearly one third of Sacramento County's coronavirus cases are connected to churches.
— California Sun (@mmcphate) April 2, 2020
Even with the stay at home order in place, two Coachella Valley golf courses reopened on Wednesday. One closed again later in the day, according to the Desert Sun.
@RivCoDoc This is inexcusable. Appropriate physical distancing is not practical during golfing. Please enforce course closure.
— Scott Nass, MD MPA (@scottnassmd) April 2, 2020
California congressman Devin Nunes called the California coronavirus plan ‘way overkill’ on Wednesday. A couple weeks ago, he said that everyone in the state should go our to restaurants and bars.
Google said it will distribute 4,000 Chromebooks and make broadband internet available to 100,000 rural California households to facilitate distance learning.
Zoom is booming:
Breaking: Zoom is revealing it has 200 million daily users, up from 10 million daily users in December. Zoom is now committing to freeze features and focus on privacy and security for 90 days. Full details here: https://t.co/fk4ALF42Jr pic.twitter.com/LIIzlIGPFQ
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 2, 2020
So is business at gun stores.
A bunch of comedians will take part in a livestream fundraiser this Saturday to raise money for an emergency relief fund:
4/4 at 4pm PT- Don't miss the 4-hour #LaughAid2020 livestream this Saturday! Ray Romano, Bill Burr, Jeffrey Ross,…
That’s all for this morning. As always, thank you for your support of Cactus Hugs. Take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors – and, please, be well.
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.
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