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As of 3 pm Thursday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 48,956 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19. 326 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours..
- 922 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 5 new deaths in the last 24 hours
Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:
August 20 — #COVID19 in the #CoachellaValley (+/- from day before):
12,786 confirmed cases (+63)
290 deaths (+2)
Not as many new cases reported today, so my estimate falls to about 840 new cases per week. That's still pretty close to double the national average, though. pic.twitter.com/NQo6g3LBn8
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) August 20, 2020
Wednesday — #COVID19 patients in #CoachellaValley hospitals (+/- from Tuesday):
55 confirmed (-7)
46 suspected (+4)
101 TOTAL (-3)
+18 from last Wednesday, up 22%
22 of confirmed/suspected patients are in ICU (same) pic.twitter.com/BD3E7ryZoB
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) August 20, 2020
As of 4 pm Thursday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:
- 43,469 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
- 625 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.
As of 4 pm Thursday, the State of California has confirmed:
- 650,262 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
- 11,738 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.
Our daily update is published. States reported 636k tests, 245k less than last Thursday. Today's case count is 43k, and the death toll is 1,117. pic.twitter.com/n6M4hzXcsq
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) August 20, 2020
There has been a lot of talk (and hope) about the quick discovery of a vaccine. Currently, the US government is pouring billions of dollars into three vaccine candidates from three companies Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax. But some warn that while there may be vaccines available beginning as early as next year, they may only be partially protective against the virus:
“I’m confident we'll have multiple vaccines against Covid-19, but some of them will only be partially protective,” Dr. @PeterHotez says about a coronavirus vaccine.
“That's really important to understand, that these vaccines may not be miracle solutions.” https://t.co/SCLIcYO8bG pic.twitter.com/sZkpe8S48h
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) August 20, 2020
Online classes have begun for students all across the Coachella Valley, but for some, just getting logged in has been an issue. “We needed hot spots, but unfortunately we weren’t given any, because they ran out of hot spots,” a parent told NBC Palm Springs. Officials told the TV station they are aware of the issue and are trying to address it by ordering more hot spots for students. “We were able to pass out three-thousand, we’ve ordered 1,500 more for those families that still need some type of connectivity,” the Assistant Superintendent at CVUSD said.
Alianza Coachella Valley, a local non-profit organization, has received an additional $500,000 from the California Immigrants Resilience Fund. The fund is a public-private partnership with the State of California and provides financial help for undocumented Californians impacted by the pandemic. In order to be eligible for assistance, a person must live in the Coachella Valley, face financial hardship related to coronavirus, and be excluded from state or federal relief programs because of immigration status. Those looking to apply can text “Apoyo” to 474747 to begin the application process.
This thing seeps into every part of your life. Take making my bed, something I’ve done every day since I was a little kid, learning the daily discipline from my father, the colonel. For more than a half century, the bed was made every day, no matter how great or awful I felt, the bed was neat. The virus took out that discipline, like so many other things on daily routines. I hate to shave anyway, but with everything so painful and challenging, there went shaving for six days until I finally relented and did it hurt. Showering is another, well, enough said. My typical day is lying on the floor like a rug. – Carl Love, a columnist with the Press Enterprise, writes about coming down with COVID-19, despite hardly going anywhere and “following the rules religiously.”
The number of first-time unemployment claims in the state fell to their lowest level in five months last week, according to numbers from the Federal Government. An estimated 201,600 Californians filed first-time jobless claims last week, down 900 from the previous week.
Retail workers should be getting paid much, much more for all the insane crap they have to put up with nowadays:
Today at Marshalls in Campbell, Ca this Kevin didn’t want to wear a mask. Hurled offensive comments to the workers, my friends, to customers while exposing gestures to the public. I’m reaching out to y’all in the ether to expose this m’fer to the world! #KarenStrikesAgain #mask pic.twitter.com/ftBkGsDqcW
— Mr. House (@fetcharooskies) August 18, 2020
And, it’s not just retail workers. Sadly, it’s just about everyone who has to put up with nonsense…every damn day:
175,000 Americans are dead of a preventable disease and the President of the United States is complaining about sharks. pic.twitter.com/lFtaFbEZxD
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 20, 2020
The election is 74 days away:
- You can register to vote here.
- Sign up for updates on your mail-in ballot here.
- Sign up to be a poll worker in Riverside County here.
On that last bullet up there, A 2018 study from Pew Research Center showed the majority of U.S. poll workers, 58 percent, were over 60 years old. They are at a high-risk group during the pandemic. If you can, consider being a poll worker.
The Palm Springs City Council voted unanimously to hold the election for the District 5 council seat. They had considered cancelling the election and just appoint Lisa Middleton to the seat as she is running unopposed. As write-in candidates are still able to be added to the ballot, the council determined it was best to go ahead with the election as planned.
Some non-covid exciting news:
☕More good buzz for the City of Indio! Last night the Indio City Council approved the sale of land on Highway 111 to a developer to build a @DutchBro Drive-through with outdoor seating. pic.twitter.com/G328pavwyN
— City of Indio (@CityofIndio) August 20, 2020
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