Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Thursday evening, April 2

(📸: Clarissa Machado)

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 2:45 pm Wednesday, Riverside County officials have confirmed 493 people have tested positive for COVID-19.  There have been 14 confirmed deaths in the county.

As of 4 pm Thursday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 304 cases of COVID-19.  There has been 8 deaths in San Bernardino County.

As of 4:52 Thursday, there have been 11,027 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California.  There have been 239 deaths in the state.

Deputy Terrell Young, a 15-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, husband, and father of four has died from COVID-19:

During a press conference on Thursday night, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said that 25 employees have tested positive:

Multiple workers at the SunDate packaging plant in Coachella have tested positive for COVID-19.

Riverside Police are looking for two jerks who they say stole a Red Cross trailer that held disaster relief supplies.

Some people will not be getting their government stimulus checks until September.

The golf course debate is over (and will be until at least June):

A Desert Hot Springs cannabis company is now making hand sanitizer for healthcare workers.

A local hiking organization offers up tips when heading to the trails during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some tips on how to clean and disinfect your house these days.

The White House is reportedly about to urge Americans to wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in a reversal of their earlier advice.  Here’s how to make a mask out of household materials.

The dating apps are pretty popular these days.

A reminder: please stay the hell away from me.

This is nice:

That’s all for this evening.  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.