Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Wednesday, June 10

(📸: Sharon Calcagno)

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

  • 9,911 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  321 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
  • 372 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes 7 reported deaths in the last 24 hours.

Cases in the Coachella Valley continuing to seeing a vey large increase in cases:

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

  • 6,593 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 225 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 139,149 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 4,838 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:


Johnson & Johnson announced on Wednesday its early-stage human trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine will begin in the second half of July, two months earlier than they had initially forecasted. The company began developing a Covid-19 vaccine in January.

While positive coronavirus cases in the county continue to rise, Riverside County officials are announcing new segments of the economy that will be allowed to open.  This week those include higher risk places like bars, gyms, hotels, and movie theaters, with social distancing guidelines. “We have long looked forward to reopening more Riverside County businesses, which provide valuable goods, services and jobs vital to the fabric of our economy,” Supervisor Karen Spiegel said. “It’s very important that while visiting these businesses, all residents continue to do their part to slow the spread of the disease by wearing face coverings and maintaining six feet from others.”

San Bernardino County is under observation by state health officials for a spike in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, a development that comes as the county reported 176 new cases and four more deaths on Wednesday. The new cases and increasing hospitalizations are being attributed to gatherings after May holidays, including Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, outbreaks at state prisons, county jails and some skilled-nursing facilities.

The coronavirus is still killing as many as 1,000 Americans per day.  It’s now been over a month since the last White House coronavirus task force briefing.  Top health officials have basically disappeared from television altogether, notes Politico.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was made numerous appearances in March and April, made just four cable TV appearances in May.

Coachella and Stagecoach are officially not happening in 2020.  The news, while not surprising as there is a pandemic going on, is still a gigantic bummer not only for music fans, but for the local economy.

Disneyland has announced its reopening dates.  Attendance in the park will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing and the theme park plans to manage attendance through a new reservation system that will require all guests, including annual passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance:


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