Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Tuesday, July 28

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. Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs. For ways to keep this website going (and free!), click here.

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

  • 35,910 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  723 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
  • 672 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 1 new death in the last 24 hours.

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

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

  • 29,962 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 395 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.  This includes 11 people reported dead in the county in the last 24 hours.

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

      • 470,672 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
      • 8,679 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

Enrollment for kindergarten is down about 50% for the upcoming school year at the Palm Springs Unified School District.  The district is starting kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classes completely online with distance learning from home.  If and when schools are cleared for the return on students, the district told KESQ that parents will be allowed to keep their kids home for the rest of the year.  To enroll, parents can call the Palm Springs Unified School District office at (760) 883-2703 ext. 4805101 or enroll online through the district’s website.

California will begin collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data for new coronavirus cases.  It’s just the second state to track how the disease is spreading in the LGBTQ community.  “The COVID-19 crisis has devastated the LGBTQ+ community. But for months, we haven’t had the data to understand how, why or exactly what to do about it. From the beginning of this crisis, we have been clear: If LGBTQ+ people are left out of COVID-19 data, we will be left out of California’s data-driven response,”  Equality California Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbu in a statement.

Imperial County has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus.  The LA Times reports on California’s hardest hit county which, in the last two weeks, has averaged 688.1 infections per 100,000 people, compared with Los Angeles County’s 400.3. The county has a mortality rate that is the highest in the state, averaging 25.5 deaths per 100,000 people — four times greater than L.A. County’s.

Downtown Disney has updated their requirements for face masks for the second time in less than a week, closing loopholes that clearly people were trying to use because I guess wearing a regular mask is just too hard. The new policy now prohibits face coverings that contain valves, are made of mesh material, or have holes of any kind.

There is a lot of misinformation about the coronavirus out there.  How does it start?  Well, some of it is coming from Russia:

Other times, it comes from the President’s own family:


No progress was made by Senate Republicans on a relief package for Americans during the coronavirus as Mitch McConnell says he will not hold a vote on anything if it doesn’t include protections for employers who may not have protections in place or put their employees at unnecessary risk of catching coronavirus.  Senate Republicans are also criticizing their own party’s proposal, including the $1.75 billion measure for a new FBI building.

Prosectors say a Florida man used some of the millions of dollars he received as part of the last aid package to buy a Lamborghini:


Stay safe.  Wear a mask.  Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

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.

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

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