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- Health officials announced a fourth death in the county from coronavirus on Friday, along with six new confirmed cases. The total number of those infected in Riverside County is now 28.
#Coronavirus update: We can confirm 6 new #COVID-19 cases in Riverside County. This brings the total number of cases to 28. Visit https://t.co/sGkNfvRaCP for updated information as we have it. #ruhealth #rivconow pic.twitter.com/guYVErYK0G
— Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) March 20, 2020
- San Bernardino County reported four news cases to bring the county total to nine. There have been no reported fatalities in San Bernardino County.
This makes 9 confirmed cases in San Bernardino County, all detected since Sunday. https://t.co/VJ7QP9kOip
— Ryan Hagen (@rmhagen) March 20, 2020
- There is a lot of confusion over what businesses should stay open and which should close. Riverside County officials have a list of the places and jobs deemed “essential.”
- The U.S. / Mexico border is closing to non-essential travel.
- Congressman Raul Ruiz is calling for an operational “strike team” to prepare for a potential surge of coronavirus patients in Riverside County. The proposed three-person team would quick testing, optimize supply chains, and discharge patients as quickly as possible.
- Ruiz’s opponent in the fall election took time to call out Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Twitter:
With all of the Deaths from H1N1 under do nothing politician @BarackObama … for months he took no action alerting the public… imagine COVID-19 on his watch. And @HillaryClinton where is she? She’d have let this fly. Thank goodness @realDonaldTrump took SWIFT action.
— ERIN CRUZ FOR CALIFORNIA (CA-36) (@RealErinCruz) March 20, 2020
- A local, 83-year-old woman who clams she had coronavirus, told the Desert Sun that show is recovering and “feels fantastic.”
- The FDA warns to stay away from unapproved, at-home coronavirus tests.
- I need to just take quick moment to say thank you to all of the first-responders, medical professionals, and so many others who are doing all they can to keep us safe and healthy during these scary, crazy times. I can’t do it now, but I swear to God, I am going to buy so many drinks and hug the shit out of you people when this pandemic is over.
- Celebrities and musicians across the country are offering up quarantine live-streams, including some musicians in the Coachella Valley.
- The Desert’s UFC hometown hero asks you to be safe and stay at home:
22 confirmed cases and 4 deaths in the Coachella Valley 😳 My people…..that’s over 18%! Please be safe and stay home 🙏🏽
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) March 20, 2020
- A Palm Desert man allegedly threatened landscapers with a gun on Friday because he thought they were spreading coronavirus.
- The Riverside County District Attorney is not having it with price gouging:
DA Mike Hestrin issues warning to price gougers during the current state of emergency. It will not be tolerated in Riverside County.
News release here: https://t.co/6N4z9JHi3v
If you suspect price gouging, submit a complaint form here: https://t.co/OokxO4UX5w. pic.twitter.com/LsGA7xmhKJ
— Riverside County DA's Office (@RivCoDA) March 20, 2020
- The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released a message asking everyone to do their part, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, and to stay at home as much as possible:
— Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) March 20, 2020
- While many cut staff, some companies are hiring right now including Domino’s, Walmart, and Amazon.
- The Desert Sun looked into what local golf courses are still open.
- A lot of people have been adopting pets from shelters:
Adoptions continue — but social distancing practiced at all county’s shelters. Here is “Teddy” with his new mom: Amy Hutto of Riverside. We believe many people have come during #Covid-19 to find comfort pets. #RivCoNOW #RivCoCommunity #shelterDOGS #RivCoPETS pic.twitter.com/w0m8z7tjV7
— RivCO animalSERVICES (@helpinRIVcoPETS) March 20, 2020
- Knott’s Berry Farm will now be closed until at least mid-May.
- Two members of the Los Angeles Rams donated $500,000 to fund two million meals for LA residents in need.
- Cardenas and Ralph’s have joined other grocery stores with special hours for seniors and disabled shoppers.
- Here’s a guide to take-out, curbside, and delivery specials being offered by Coachella Valley restaurants.
- Happy Friday. It is Friday right? How does anyone know the days anymore??
- The New York Times has an interactive map where you can track every coronavirus case in the United States.
- The Washington Post is out with a guide to what you should know about the coronavirus.
- Schools are closed, but free student meals are available. Here is the information on meal programs during this time for each Coachella Valley school district.
- The United Way of the Desert has assembled a nice list of information and resources available during the coronavirus here.
— Eisenhower Health (@EisenhowerHeal) March 9, 2020
These are scary and anxious times. Be safe and kind to each other out there and, please, remember to wash your hands.
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