Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Thursday, April 2

(📸: Devon Parisi)

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:

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:

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:

Governor Newsom is over states that are not telling people to stay at home:

Seriously though, everyone should really stay at home:

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.

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:

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,…

Posted by Comedy Gives Back on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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.

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.