Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Tuesday, June 9

(Sharon Calcagno)

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

  • 9,590 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  384 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.  This is the the largest one day increase since the beginning of the pandemic. 
  • 365 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes 9 reported deaths in the last 24 hours.

Cases in the Coachella Valley are seeing a large increase:

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

  • 6,417 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 221 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

As of 1 pm Tuesday, the State of California has confirmed:

  • 134,802 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 4,678 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

The numbers increase everyday…

They are more than just numbers…

They are people we have lost:

The city of Coachella saw a whopping 35% increase in COVID-19 cases over the weekend, reports the Desert Sun. A county spokesman said the rise in cases is likely due to Memorial Day outings and the reopening of some businesses, but said they don’t believe the increase signals a surge.

Dr. Anthony Fauci called the coronavirus his “worst nightmare” on Tuesday. “In a period of four months, it has devastated the whole world,” Fauci said during a virtual appearance at a conference held by Biotechnology Innovation Organization. He cautioned that, “it isn’t over yet” and claimed that vaccines will be the only way to stop the spread of the coronavirus though he did express confidence that an antidote is in the works.

The State of California will allow movie theaters to open on Friday, so long as they follow safety guidelines. Despite the okay, many theater chains will not reopen just yet, according to Deadline – including Regal and Cinemark. Why?  Well, many theaters have paused their leases with landlords.  They also need time to buy safety supplies, restock their concession inventory, and, perhaps the biggest reason: there aren’t any new movies coming out just yet.  The first new release scheduled to hit theaters is Unhinged with Russel Crowe on July 1.  The first movie that people might actually want to see is Christopher Nolan’s movie Tenet, which was partially shot in the Coachella Valley.  That comes out on July 17.

The Living Desert will reopen this weekend for members, then open its doors to the public on Monday. Guests will be required to maintain social distancing, buy tickets online in advance, and wear a mask, along with other safety measures.

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The Rancho Mirage Library has also reopened, with plenty of new safety measures in place:

The state of California will reopen 169 DMV field offices that were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a $5 million fund for Riverside County nonprofits struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. “We have a rental relief program, and we have a program to help small businesses, but nothing for nonprofits,” said Supervisor Karen Spiegel.

Before the lockdown, beer sales were struggling as seltzers and spirits became all the rage. But an Anheuser-Busch director told CNN that sales of Busch Light, Miller Lite and Natural Light are bouncing back for two reasons: affordability and familiarity.


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