Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Wednesday, August 5

Cactus Hugs has been tracking local stories about the coronavirus.   For a rundown of all of our updates, click here. Stay safe, stay at a good social distance. Thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs. For ways to keep this website going (and free!), click here.

Note: Cactus Hugs will be off for a few days, returning on Monday, August 10. Thanks for your support and, please, stay safe. 

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

  • 38,977 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.  490 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
  • 752 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. The county reported 14 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:

  • 34,237 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 487 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.

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

        • 528,181  people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
        • 9,729 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.

A quick note: As you may have noticed above, this will be the last update until Monday.  No, I am not lucky enough to be going anywhere, I just honestly need a few days off from the blog to 1) catch up on projects from my main gig of website design and digital marketing, 2) take a step away from covid coverage to clear the head, which we all should do every so often, 3) get back to the many of you who have sent items to the Cactus Hugs inbox (sorry, been a busy stretch) and 4) take care of some projects at the house because home ownership is always fun.  I appreciate your understanding and your continued support.  Stay safe. 

A Palm Springs nurse who has been battling COVID-19 for months is in need of a lung transplant, which would make him the first patient sick with the virus in California to receive such a procedure. Cesar Millan spent 85 days at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica after contracting the virus from one of his patients while working in Palm Springs. “I started having shortness of breath and that’s when I started going down,” Milan told ABC7.

“Can everybody hear me? I’m gonna share my screen. Can you guys see this?” – KESQ reports on the first day of Zoom classes for students in the Palm Springs Unified School District.  The Desert Sun’s coverage of the first day of classes is here.

As students begin the year studying from home, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday allocated $10 million in federal CARES Act funds to purchase computers and mobile hotspots to allow students to go online.

Things appear to be going well with short-term rentals in La Quinta.  The Desert Sun reports there has been a 267% rise in complaints over the last three months.  The city council has now authorized a 90-day moratorium on any new permits.

A bill has been proposed by a state legislator in California that would require employers to notify employees about possible COVID-19 exposure on the job. “The names are not going to be mentioned,” State Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, who represents San Bernardino, told ABC 7. “You will simply be told, just as we do with contact tracing now. You’ll find out that you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

As the pandemic continues, California mistakenly terminated or reduced health insurance benefits for thousands of low-income people.  An error in the state’s automated system for renewals triggered a drop in coverage. A spokesperson for the California Department of Health Care Services, which oversees the Medi-Cal program, the state’s version of Medicaid, said on Tuesday it is still assessing how many people may have been affected, but so far it has sent notices to 200,000.

If only he said it like he meant it…and also started saying it back in March, just think about how different things might be right now:

Instead, we are this point now, where Dr. Fauci and his family are getting death threats:

And sorry to go back to Donald Trump again, but Wednesday evening even Facebook – which has sat on its hands for years now as the man posted bullshit and lies – decided that a posting from Trump stating that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19 was just too much and removed it:


Stay cool.  Stay safe.  Wear a mask.  Talk to you next week.

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These are stressful times for all of us. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and our desert community stronger. This link has some resources to help with coping and also numbers to call or text if you, or someone you know, feels overwhelmed.

Please, take care of yourself and each other. You are important. You are valued. You are loved. ??

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