Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Wednesday, September 2

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

  • 53,306 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  153 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours
  • 1,033 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 7 new deaths in the last 24 hours.

Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:

As of 4 pm Wednesday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:

  • 48,245 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 743 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

  • 719,837 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 13,291 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

Local stories are below.  First some important stories from around the nation:

The county on Wednesday reported the first flu-related death in the for the 2020-2021 influenza season. “There has never been a more important time for someone to get their flu shot because we are also dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the director of Riverside County Public Health. “Getting the vaccine is the most effective way to prevent contracting the flu.”

Health officials announced this week that a western Riverside County child under age 15 is the first confirmed case of a rare inflammatory syndrome associated with the coronavirus. There is also a second probable case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in the Coachella Valley. MIS-C affects those under 21 who may have had COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus. The syndrome can cause inflammation in the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes and gastrointestinal organs and lead to lifelong health impacts. “While most children are only minimally sickened by COVID-19, they can get it just as easily as adults, and an unlucky few will have serious complications,” the chief medical official said in a news release.

The state of California gave a $15 million contract Tuesday to a software company to design a new system for collecting and detailing data on the spread of the coronavirus. The move follows the state admitting to last month that the current system had significantly undercounted confirmed cases.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that the state would be using $600 million to purchase hotels, motels and apartment buildings by the end of the year for supportive homeless housing. “Shelter solves sleep, but housing and supportive services solve homelessness,” the governor said.

Riverside County will temporarily close its drive up coronavirus testing sites this weekend due to high temperatures, including the site at the Indio Fairgrounds.

In a video released to Fox News this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can be seen inside a hair salon, which is a no-no as San Francisco is only allowing haircuts outside. Wednesday, Pelosi said she takes “responsibility for falling for a setup.”

Donald Trump, who hardly ever wears a mask and holds events that keep getting Secret Service members and members of his campaign staff infected with coronavirus, weighed in on the video:

The city of Riverside will soon allow gyms, fitness centers, and churches to city parks while coronavirus rules continue to restrict their operations.  The unanimous vote by the city council will allow the use of parks without paying any fees.

La Quinta Resort will begin welcoming guests back on Thursday:


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