Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Thursday, July 30

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

  • 36,629 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  470 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
  • 688 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 6 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:

  • 31,668 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 403 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

        • 488,629  people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
        • 8,970 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

Researchers believe that some people who haven’t had COVID-19 might have some immunity.  It has to do with T cells, which are part of the immune system and help protect the body from infection. A recently conducted survey found 35% of people with T cells reactive to the virus. Those people may have had some previous experience with their immune system fighting a similar infection and may use that “memory” to help fight a new infection

You have probably noticed that it is hot af in the Coachella Valley these days.  Due to the heat, the Indio testing facility will be closing early for a while:

The City of Palm Desert will offer limited number of drive-up COVID-19 testing appointments between 6:30 am and 9:30 pm on August 6 and August 20 and on September 3 and September 17.  To schedule an appointment, you can call Borrego Community Health Foundation at (833) 624-1097.

A small group of people are holding a party / rally with a band and no masks or social distancing required this evening.  Where you ask?  Well, in the Coachella Valley’s own little Florida, aka Palm Desert. Organizers say the event is “pro-American” and “pro-police,” and I think we can throw a “pro-ignorance” in there as well.

Donald Trump continues to say, day after day, that opening up schools and colleges is perfectly safe.  He continued saying that again today:

The latest chain to file bankruptcy during the pandemic has a pretty good BBQ chicken pizza.  No word on how this will affect the Palm Desert location.


And while he finds schools to be perfectly fine to reopen, Trump tweeted the election should possibly be delayed due to mail-in-ballots during the pandemic:

The Trump Administration announced they will spend a whopping $27 million to encourage those who have been infected with COVID-19 to donate plasma:

At the same time, many who already are willing and able to do so, are being told they can’t:

The Press Enterprise reports on California’s theme parks getting creative to reopen without rides, holding limited events like zoo exhibits, food festivals, and walk-through installations to open for business.


Basketball is back today!  Stay safe.  Wear a mask.  Go Clippers 🏀!!

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These are stressful times for all of us. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and our desert community stronger. This link has some resources to help with coping and also numbers to call or text if you, or someone you know, feels overwhelmed.

Please, take care of yourself and each other. You are important. You are valued. You are loved. 💚🌵

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