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 1 pm Tuesday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 2,960 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
- 93 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.
- There are currently 240 confirmed cases hospitalized, with 72 of them in the ICU.
- There have been 757 official recovered cases in the county.
As of 2 pm Tuesday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 1,490 cases of COVID-19. There have been 67 deaths in San Bernardino County. There have been seven people who have died of the coronavirus in San Bernardino County in the last 24 hours.
As of 4 pm Tuesday, there have been 36,704 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California. There have been 1,298 confirmed deaths in the state.
A local software developer has been keeping a close eye on the reported numbers of infections in the Coachella Valley. His analysis, social distancing is keeping the curve trend flat, but just barely:
Here's a new chart showing the number of new COVID-19 cases reported each day in the Coachella Valley at https://t.co/WIfG28G8fz, with a 7-day moving average.
Over the last 2 weeks, the trend is flat. This suggests that social distancing is keeping a lid on it, but just barely. pic.twitter.com/2zWs0FHJNg
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) April 20, 2020
Statewide, the Governor seems to agree:
NEW: CA has 33,261 confirmed positive cases of #COVID19.
3,365 of those cases are in our hospitals. 1,241 of those cases are in the ICU.
CA is flattening the curve, but only if we continue to take this seriously. Stay home. And practice physical distancing.#StayHomeSaveLives
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 21, 2020
The numbers are increasing everyday. They are not just numbers. They are people. The individual stories are heartbreaking:
Mr. Clayton, who died of Covid-19, also worked as a railroad engineer and was part of the Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and inspired the hit Disney film “Cool Runnings” (1993) https://t.co/bLfTEpfbEt
— NYT Obituaries (@NYTObits) April 16, 2020
My Grandma was in today. #coronavirus https://t.co/Z58OQ6DyFX
— Liz Brown (@TheLizBrownShow) April 19, 2020
Fernando Miteff, a generous-spirited artist, brought graffiti back to the New York subway, only this time his work lasted for only the length of a ride. He died of the coronavirus at 60. https://t.co/b31TpZff0d
— NYT Obituaries (@NYTObits) April 21, 2020
A new study of hundreds of patients at US Veterans Health Administration medical centers treated with a drug often touted by President Donald Trump and other officials had higher death rates to those who did not take it:
Coronavirus patients taking hydroxychloroquine, a treatment touted by President Trump, were no less likely to need mechanical ventilation and had higher deaths rates compared to those who did not take the drug, according to a new study https://t.co/8m0P9mhLEj
— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2020
As some states prepare to reopen, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday that a second wave of COVID-19 could be even worse in the fall, as it would be accompanied with the regular flu virus. “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” CDC Director Robert Redfield told The Washington Post. “And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean.”
President Trump on Tuesday announced he will “protect jobs” during the pandemic by suspending immigration by executive order:
President Trump says he's suspending immigration by executive order to protect jobs for Americans. But he does not specify which economic conditions would lead to a lift on the suspension, saying that discussion will come "a little bit later" https://t.co/9T8aUPjUrs pic.twitter.com/I73K1qtkiB
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2020
The Senate passed a $484 billion deal and the House is expected to follow on Tuesday. The bill increases the Paycheck Protection Program by $310 billion – hopefully giving more money to small businesses this time rather than big corporations and Ruth’s Chris steakhouse executives. It would also boost a separate small-business emergency grant and loan program by $60 billion, and direct $75 billion to hospitals and $25 billion to a new coronavirus testing program.
California has launched a new volunteer initiative and a website for anyone looking to volunteer, give blood, join AmeriCorps and more. You can check out the site and sign up to get involved here.
California’s strength lies in its spirit of community and commitment to service. The power of 40 million raised hands, simply to lend a hand.
Together, we can meet this moment.#CaliforniansforAll pic.twitter.com/oAKEwVMm50
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 21, 2020
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve formation of a task force to identify policies and measures that can get the region’s economy back on track once it is safe to reopen. “We need voices and decisions that can move quickly,”” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said before casting his yes vote. “We’re going to go into a time we potentially have never seen. Time is not on the side of businesses that have been closed. We need proactive and safe policies.”
The City of Palm Desert used a reply tweet (!) to KESQ anchor Peter Daut’s interview link to let you know that the city’s mayor, even when introduced as the city’s mayor, does not, in fact, speak for the city or event the city council in regards to her recent blog post and interview about lifting California’s stay-at-home order in which she compared the risk of the virus to car crashes:
Mayor Nestande’s recent editorial asking Gov. Newsom to allow Californians to return to work, and interviews related to that editorial, reflect Ms. Nestande’s personal views and not those of the Palm Desert City Council as a whole or the official position of the City.
— City of Palm Desert (@PalmDesertGov) April 21, 2020
While golf courses were allowed to reopen in the county (with the exception of Palm Springs) today, the Desert Sun reports many courses spent the day preparing courses for the return on players in the upcoming days. Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert the have had 220 players book tee times for the two 18-hole courses at the private club.
Riverside County has released a video about the requirements at golf courses – including everything from having your shoes on when you get there to keeping face coverings on:
The Palm Springs Unified School District is trying to raise $1 million to help the 23,000 students across the district learn at home. The funds would be used for basic school supplies, books, Chromebooks and WiFi, desks and more.
La Quinta has begun accepting applications for financial relief for small businesses in the city:
The City of La Quinta Rolls Out $1.5 Million COVID-19
Small Business Emergency Economic Relief Program @NBCPalmSprings @DesertSunNews @KESQ https://t.co/UmmWM7ObJo
— cityoflaquinta (@CityofLaQuinta) April 21, 2020
McDonald’s is giving frontline workers free meals:
🚨 Friends. Family. Community. WE NEED YOU! ❤ Please help us help our frontline workers. We want to give them a FREE thank you meal. If you know anyone who could use one, please like, tag in comment or retweet to let them know. We’d truly be proud to take their order. pic.twitter.com/5UzDKE4Z1w
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) April 21, 2020
Ryan sent us this from the La Quinta Costco who has moved the line of shoppers waiting to pick up supplies from outside to inside the store due to the heat. The line, as you can see, is still quite long, but we are told everyone was being cool about it, wearing masks, and keeping a good social distance:
The Cathedral City Police Department did their part to help a pair of local twins turning 11 have a special birthday:
Happy Birthday to twins Axel & Alexa!! 🎂 We’re glad we can help celebrate your 11th birthday. Hopefully you’ll invite us to the real party in the future. #HappyBirthday #Twining #PrideInService #CommunityEngagement #CathedralCity #CanWeGetSomeCake #PartyInTheFuture pic.twitter.com/Bm9Np3Db9K
— CathedralCity PD (@CathedralCityPD) April 21, 2020
That’s all for this evening. Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay home. Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.
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.
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.
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