Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Wednesday, July 8

(📸: Sharon Calcagno)

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

  • 21,957 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  856 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
  • 515 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes 9 people reported dead in the last 24 hours.

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

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

  • 16586 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 293 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 291,244 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 6,698 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

The state of California added three more counties (Napa, San Benito and Yolo) to its list of watch list of areas of concern amid the coronavirus pandemic. The additions bring the total to 26.

In March, about half of California’s new COVID-19 infections were identified among people ages 18 to 49. So far this month, about two-thirds of new infections have been diagnosed among that age group, even though only 45% of Californians fall into that age range.

Lyndsay Winkley, a reporter with the San Diego Union Tribune compiled a list of locations of the 24 reported outbreaks over the last week in San Diego County.  The majority of the outbreaks were are restaurant and bars:

Health-care workers are encountering shortages of masks, gowns, face shields and gloves…again. Nurses say they are reusing the same N95 masks for days or even weeks at a time. Doctors say there isn’t enough personal protective equipment to reopen office and public officials are having a hard time finding available masks, PPE, and other necessary items to order. As infections climb, experts worry that it will only get worse. “A lot people thought once the alarm was sounded back in March surely the federal government would fix this, but that hasn’t happened,” the president of National Nurses United, told the Washington Post.

The Trump Administration pushed and bullied states early in the pandemic demanding they reopen businesses and for local governments to loosen social distancing restrictions, saying that it was safe to do so.  The results have seen a spike in positive cases, a surge in hospitalizations, and thousands more Americans sickened or dead from coronavirus with seemingly no end in sight.  Wednesday, the same administration said it’s safe to reopen schools.

The CDC had previously issued guidance to safely reopen schools.  They are now revising it. And it’s not because there is new information about containing the virus or keeping kids and teachers safe…no, it’s because, well, you know…

Just think about that. The President thinks that the guidance, from science and medical experts designed to protect our kids, were just too “tough and expensive.” 

Naturally, there are a lot of people angry with the Trump Administration about how they are handling schools, including Anderson Cooper, who began his show Wednesday incensed:

Latino children are testing positive for COVID-19 at higher rates than other groups of children. Latino minors make up 67% of the cases where race/ethnicity is known, despite being only 48% of the state’s population of kids. In California, those under make up 8% of all coronavirus cases.  In the US, more than 165,000 children have tested positive, making up 7% of the total cases. At least 58 kids have died.

Two months ago, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to rescind all of the county’s stay-at-home orders.  Wednesday, Riverside County closed its headquarters to the public following several employees testing positive.  The Supervisors who voted to get rid of the health orders are now meeting virtually from home.

The Desert Sun took a look at the released information about PPP loans being taken out in the desert and.  A total of $335 million was distributed to local businesses – with some of the biggest loans going to some pretty high-end gated communities.

Remember all of those fireworks that went off around the desert and So Cal leading up to July 4th? Well it turns out they weren’t just annoying, they were terrible for air quality – with concentrations of particulate matter 70% higher than previous years between the hours of 7 pm July 4 and 7am around the Southland.


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