Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Tuesday evening, April 21

(📸: Michael Mann)

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:

Statewide, the Governor seems to agree:

The numbers are increasing everyday.  They are not just numbers.  They are people.  The individual stories are heartbreaking:

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:

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:

 

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.

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:

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:

McDonald’s is giving frontline workers free meals:

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:

That’s all for this evening. Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay home. Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

Important information:

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.

Anything we missed? Let us know about it.