Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Tuesday, August 4

(Sue Farris)

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

  • 38,487 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  356 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
  • 738 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 1 new deaths in the last 24 hours.

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

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

  • 34,017 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 477 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. That’s an additional 59 people reported dead by the county in the last 24 hours!

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

        • 523,245  people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
        • 9,605 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to hold at least two listening sessions next month on how the county might improve public health, social and other services.  They also passed a resolution declaring racial disparities in the delivery of services. “This will be a slow process of listening and trying to get a grip on the challenges we face,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said. “There are some who want us to move faster on issues and jump on the bandwagon right away. But that’s not my style. We need to build a consensus and have thoughtful, deep discussions. We will be moving slowly and carefully on this.” Hopefully, the county takes this much more seriously than the clown show they held right before axing county health orders, including wearing masks, back in May. 

California has seen a decline in the coronavirus infection rate recently, but the state’s top public health official said that might not be completely accurate as the state’s data system used to process COVID-19 test results is marred with technical issues. California’s Health and Human Services Secretary said that “the seven-day positivity rate is absolutely affected” by the issue.

You’ve been socially distancing, wearing a mask, and looking out for others.  Unfortunately, not everyone else has been doing the same:

Covered California health plan rates will rise, on average, 0.6% next year, according to the agency. This marks the smallest hike since the exchange started providing coverage in 2014.

You can now find toilet paper pretty easily in stores, but Clorox Wipes are still MIA from most store shelves.  So when might you see them again? Not anytime soon, says the company. “Frankly, we thought we would be in a better position by now, but demand in Q4 exceeded our expectations,” the company’s CEO told analysts on Monday. “We’re certainly not at all happy with our service levels for our retail customers on many products. We have a high sense of urgency on this with all hands on deck.” He added that the wipes will likely be in shorty supply until early next year.

The White House has been pushing hard for schools to reopen.  Israel, who was in a much better position at the time in terms of cases, tried to do just that months ago. It didn’t go well.  A reporter tried to ask about that on Tuesday, and, well…


And while that clip has been getting a lot of attention, it’s this 14 second moment from the same interview that really shows the character of the man who is currently President of the United States:

“It is what it is”

There is still no plan to help Americans who are out of work and / or facing evictions. Mitch McConnell spent the day complaining after he chose not to spend the last three months negotiating a deal:

The headlines of the Onion are often a lot more accurate than the traditional news these days:

The Westfield Palm Desert mall will begin hosting drive-in movies on the top deck of one of their parking lots beginning this Friday.  Movies include Jurassic Park, Goonies, and Toy Story 4.  Packages to drive in start at $25. Details are here.

If you would like to see something new, Disney will be releasing Mulan on Disney Plus.  The price of the movie might seem high, but, then again, taking a family of four to see it at the theater would have likely costed much more:


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

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