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And we’re back with updates…
As of 3 pm Tuesday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 43,376 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19. 1,393 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
- 824 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours.
The county notes: “Because of a statewide delay with data collection, the figures displayed for “Confirmed” COVID-19 cases, case rates, positivity rates, doubling time, and number of tests do not accurately reflect the current situation.”
Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:
260 deaths (same)
The county added 11,036 tests to their total today, making progress on the backlog, but the total is still about 19,000 short of where I think it should be. So no realistic case count just yet. pic.twitter.com/ZjXUtc44Zf
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) August 11, 2020
I wasn’t able to post Sunday's hospital numbers yesterday, as I normally would, because I did not get those numbers until this morning, just a few minutes before Monday's numbers came in.
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) August 11, 2020
As of 4 pm Tuesday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:
- 37,315 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
- 549 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.
As of 4 pm Tuesday, the State of California has confirmed:
- 578,513 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
- 10,523 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.
Trini Lopez, Singer and Actor in ‘The Dirty Dozen,’ Dies of COVID-19 at 83 https://t.co/aB39PI5Iwy
— Variety (@Variety) August 11, 2020
Cheliz Restaurant owner and Redlands mother of 3 loses battle with coronavirus https://t.co/GOSrPOD6s3
— Redlands Daily Facts (@RedlandsNews) August 11, 2020
14 members of Texas resident Tony Green’s family got coronavirus after one gathering. “It seemed like it was being downplayed…to the point where you just think, ‘OK, well, you know, if the President is not worried, if the White House isn't worried…let's go on with life.’” pic.twitter.com/w0oKsppSDK
— CNN (@CNN) August 11, 2020
Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, more than half are from the U.S., India and Brazil.
It took about six months to reach 10 million cases globally, but it took just over six weeks for that number to double. https://t.co/MaYctzbv6Z
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) August 11, 2020
Confirmed coronavirus cases in U.S. children rose by 40% in two weeks this July, bringing the total to almost 340,000 https://t.co/ercmGjMm7X
— TIME (@TIME) August 11, 2020
After a glitch led to a large backlog of 300,000 cases to be reported, California began adding additional coronavirus cases to its public record Tuesday. The state reported 12,500 confirmed cases, up sharply from its previous 14-day average. It wasn’t clear on what dates the confirmed cases were found.
A Duke University study on masks found that some work much better than others in helping to curb the spread of droplets. Researchers found surgical N95 to work best (no surprise) as well as the three-layer simple surgical mask and masks made from cotton. Less effective were bandanas, knitted masks, and fleece – which the study found to be worse than no mask at all.
Actress Alyssa Milano opened up about her battle with COVID-19 in a video posted on Sunday, in which she shows that she is losing clumps of her hair. “Wear a damn mask,” she proclaimed:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 9, 2020
Bill Gates offered up a prediction on the pandemic to Wired Magazine. “The innovation pipeline on scaling up diagnostics, on new therapeutics, on vaccines is actually quite impressive,” Gates said in the interview. “And that makes me feel like, for the rich world, we should largely be able to end this thing by the end of 2021, and for the world at large by the end of 2022.”
As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough to worry about, now there’s this too (so you might want to go ahead and make sure your emergency kit is in order, just in case):
Today’s #saltonsea #earthquake swarm in CA raises the probability of larger earthquakes in the #sanandreas region. Medium-sized earthquakes can cause damage too; visit our aftershock forecast for more info and Drop, Cover and Hold on if you feel shaking. https://t.co/6JHVNt2y3w
— USGS (@USGS) August 11, 2020
The Pac-12 CEO Group voted unanimously to postpone all sport competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”
Update on the 2020-21 Pac-12 season below.https://t.co/G6VxDO2VM2
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) August 11, 2020
Some restaurants in the Coachella Valley have been expanding their patios, including Dringk at the River in Rancho Mirage, which has placed tables and seating around the property for dinner service and is even having some live entertainment:
Meanwhile, in Washington DC:
Trump tries to compare the US coronavirus outbreak with Germany. Germany had 436 cases on Monday, the US had more than 40,000. The outbreaks are not comparable. pic.twitter.com/VoQodOpt66
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 11, 2020
For those asking (fairly), here's US vs. Germany adjusted for population. pic.twitter.com/XqnlJ7dL2G
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 11, 2020
The election is 83 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.
Cat physics experiment.. pic.twitter.com/n9ftXgeZvY
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) August 9, 2020
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