Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Thursday, August 27

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As of 3 pm Thursday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:

  • 51,734 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  196 people have been reported positive since Friday.
  • 997 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 13 new deaths in the last 24 hours.

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

As of 4 pm Thursday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:

  • 46,407 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 715 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

As of 4 pm Thursday, the State of California has confirmed:

  • 689,405 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 12,618 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

After reopening the economy in May, California saw a five-fold increase in coronavirus death rates among Latinos of working age over the past three months.  The report states,  “as the coronavirus works its deadly way into every nook and cranny of California’s population, its victims’ profiles become clearer and clearer: they are the unsung essential workers” such as the “farm workers who feed California, truck drivers who transport the state’s goods, meat and vegetable packers, the grocery industry’s shelf stockers and checkout clerks, construction workers, automobile mechanics, gardeners and landscapers, bus drivers, office cleaners, nursing home attendants, and others who toil day and night to keep California functioning.”

A rapid coronavirus test was given emergency approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for its $5 rapid antigen test, which the manufacture claims can detect a COVID-19 infection in 15 minutes.

While the general rule touted by officials has been to stay six feet apart, some experts now say that after learning more about COVID-19, crowd density, ventilation, face masks and whether people are silent, speaking, shouting or singing should all be considered in assessing the proper safe distance during the pandemic.

Those who qualify for an extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits will begin to see  payments processed after the Labor Day weekend in California, according to the Employment Development Department.  Those eligible will receive a minimum of three weeks and payments will be processed after September 7.

Job hunting is never easy, but especially during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Daily Bulletin talked to some experts who offered up advice on acing Zoom job interviews.

Starting Friday, those wishing to enter Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa near Cabazon will need an actual face mask (and not a bandana, gaiters or masks with valves in them):

A few months ago, downtown LA was bustling.  The LA Times checked in on what it’s like today and found it’s almost like a ghost town.

Legoland California will host a news conference on Friday with San Diego county and city officials who will call for the park and other business to be allowed to open. California theme parks have now been closed for five months.


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