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As of 3 pm Wednesday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 48,630 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19. 430 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours..
- 917 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours
Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:
12,723 confirmed cases (+98)
288 deaths (+3)
I estimate we are continuing to see a little over 900 new cases reported per week. That's still pretty high — roughly double the national average. pic.twitter.com/OB1sN2h1Qq
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) August 19, 2020
62 confirmed (+3)
42 suspected (+17)
104 TOTAL (+20)
-9 from last Tuesday, down 8%
22 of confirmed/suspected patients are in ICU (+6) pic.twitter.com/xLXHL9tsSA
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) August 19, 2020
As of 4 pm Wednesday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:
- 42,947 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
- 621 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.
As of 4 pm Wednesday, the State of California has confirmed:
- 643,385 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
- 11,604 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.
Let's not forget more than a thousand Americans are still dying almost every single day from coronavirus. Another 1,324 Americans died yesterday – mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. Our deepest condolences to their families and friends.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) August 19, 2020
"New Zealand, by the way, had a big outbreak," Trump says, saying things are getting worse in countries "held up to try and make us look not as good as we should look."
New Zealand announced six new cases on Wednesday, 13 on Tuesday and nine on Monday.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 19, 2020
— Forbes (@Forbes) August 19, 2020
FYI: Another person I know just died from Covid.. Coco’s dad made it home (he’s on Oxygen indefinitely because of lung damage caused by the virus) That makes 10 people I personally know, Dead.. Be safe people.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) August 19, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday that the state will announce new protocols for reopening sectors of the economy sometime next week. The announcement follows a request by Riverside County to begin reopening some sectors after Labor Day, followed just a few weeks later with things like events, wedding receptions, movie theaters, and bars, which, as you know, went terribly last time they did it. While Newsom declined to comment on the county’s proposal, the governor said his administration is working with local health officers and health experts from around the country to come up with more “prescriptive” and “dynamic” criteria top reopen safely…whatever that means.
The strictest lockdowns ended weeks ago around the country, but many people are avoiding crowded indoor places and it’s making for big changes in the country’s economy. As the New York Times reports, this shift in behavior may point to a long-term reshaping of American commerce. The interesting article delves into the surge in people buying home improvement items, changes at grocery stores, a decrease in chain restaurant visits (while fast food places prosper), and more.
Strict coronavirus lockdowns in the U.S. ended weeks ago, but many people are still avoiding malls, restaurants and other businesses.
Here's why the shift in behavior may point to a reshaping of American commerce. https://t.co/OIBy1MeCi8
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 19, 2020
A couple of weeks ago, President Donald Trump announced he was issuing an order to temporarily stop payroll taxes on workers. This week, the US Chamber of Commerce and more than 30 trade associations wrote in a letter to Congress and the Treasury Department that, if enacted, the measure would be unworkable. “Many of our members consider it unfair to employees to make a decision that would force a big tax bill on them next year,” the letter states. “It would also be unworkable to implement a system where employees make this decision,” wrote the groups, adding many of their members will likely decline to defer the tax. The letter notes that workers making $50,000 a year could owe nearly $1,100 in payroll taxes in 2021, while those earning $104,000 could be hit with a tax bill of more than $2,200.
There are a ton of questions many have about unemployment insurance in California these days. LAist has a good roundup of answers.
It was the first day of online learning for the new school year at DSUSD on Wednesday and things didn’t get off to the best start, as the district announced they had a server issue in the morning, which has since been resolved:
Working together in this new world of distance learning takes patience and understanding. First day of school with first…
A survey of children’s advocacy centers across the country shows a dramatic drop in reported child abuse cases, with 40,000 less from January to June in 2020 than in 2019. Officials believe that the pandemic has given teachers, doctors, and others fewer ways to detect it. “We have absolutely no reason to believe the actual incidence rate has declined,” said the executive director of the National Children’s Alliance. “What we really believe is that there are 40,000 fewer kids that haven’t been saved from abuse.”
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security released a report on who should be the first to get a vaccine, if and when one becomes available. Their findings shouldn’t surprise: Frontline healthcare workers, emergency services personnel and those most vulnerable to the virus should be the first to get any eventual coronavirus vaccine, along with the people working to make and distribute the vaccine.
Morongo Casino is reopening their poker room this week. The casino will allow no more than seven players at tables; seats will be divided by plexiglass dividers; cards will be sanitized after every hour of play; and furniture will be cleaned between players. There will also be sanitizing stations throughout the space.
UPDATE! Poker will be REOPENING this FRIDAY, at NOON! Please visit morongocasinoresort.com to view our “Rules of the…
Trump won't say whether he’s been secretly saving the world from a satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals. pic.twitter.com/ADbZK64UuB
— The Recount (@therecount) August 19, 2020
The election is 75 days away:
- You can register to vote here.
- Sign up for updates on your mail-in ballot here.
- Sign up to be a poll worker in Riverside County here.
On that last bullet up there, A 2018 study from Pew Research Center showed the majority of U.S. poll workers, 58 percent, were over 60 years old. They are at a high-risk group during the pandemic. If you can, consider being a poll worker.
Watch these four Magellanic penguin chicks at a Chicago aquarium swim for the very first time. 💙 pic.twitter.com/8XAuWOsUPf
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 19, 2020
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