Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Thursday, June 11

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

  • 10,240 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  329 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
  • 377 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes 5 reported deaths in the last 24 hours.

Here’s what’s happening in the Coachella Valley and, well…

As of 3 pm Thursday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:

  • 6,742 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 227 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 142,490 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 4,920 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.


The numbers increase everyday…

They are more than just numbers…

They are people we have lost:


 

An employee at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon has tested positive for coronavirus.  A spokesperson with the casino told KMIR that the worker, who they say does not have direct contact with guests, reported testing positive on Monday.  The worker has been directed not to return to work until medically cleared.  None of the 11 team members who interacted with the individual have reported any symptoms so far. All are undergoing testing and will not be allowed to return to work until they are confirmed to be healthy by medical professionals.

12 residents and four staff members of Rancho Mirage Terrace have tested positive for coronavirus.  The facility already had three positive cases last month, including one which resulted in the death of a resident.

A few day ago, Orange County’s chief health officer resigned after receiving death threats and had people show up to her house over her order requiring the public to wear face masks. Her replacement has since lifted that requirement, but stressed wearing a mask would help to prevent spread of the disease – which, honestly seems like a good reason to keep the order, but, and not to go off on a rant here, we are now living in the dumbest of times full of selfish, ignorant asshole Karens who aren’t capable of doing something as simple as wear a damn mask while they walk in and out of an Outback Steakhouse in order to save lives in their community and instead bully those trying to help. Now go choke on your Bloomin’ Onion, Karen.

Oh, speaking of masks, a new study shows that the practice of widespread wearing of facemasks in public, combined with lockdowns, could prevent future waves of COVID-19.
“The research suggests that lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of SARS-CoV-2, and that even homemade masks with limited effectiveness can dramatically reduce transmission rates if worn by enough people, regardless of whether they show symptoms,” Cambridge researchers said in a statement summarizing the study. The authors say widespread mask use would help buy time until a working vaccine can be found. Not that it matters because Karen has finished her Bloomin’ Onion without choking on it and is now off to walk around and spread her droplets to everyone working at South Coast Plaza and her newly reopened Orange Theory.

If you read the numbers of positive cases and deaths at the top of this post and thought, “hey, that doesn’t only seem bad for people’s health, but also the economy,” you are not alone. The New York Stock Exchange plunged 1,862 points, or 6.9%, on Thursday in the biggest selloff since March 16. The sharp selling was driven in large part by fears of a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic that wrecked the economy. Several US states that reopened weeks ago are now reporting rising infections and hospitalizations.  “Oh, but all those cases are just because there’s more testing going on,” your Facebook friend comments.  Well, Morgan Stanley’s biotech analyst disagrees, telling CNBC “We conclude active community spread is likely still ongoing.”

Mortgage rates have now fallen below 3% for the first time ever:

Donald Trump will begin having rallies again next week.  Those wanting to attend will need to agree not to sue him if they should contract the coronavirus during the event, which is a an odd way to go after votes:

Goldenvoice made it official on Thursday:

Some hotels in the Coachella Valley are reopening as early as tomorrow.  KMIR is keeping track of when the local spots are opening their doors.

Airbnb says that Palm Springs and Big Bear are two of the top ten most searched destinations in the entire country for short-term rentals these days.  The company also says bookings are up compared to this time last year, with bookings up from May 17 to June 6, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

Finally…

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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.

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