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|April 4, 2020|
New York reported its deadliest night as the U.S. surpassed 6,000 deaths Friday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he planned to call the National Guard to seize ventilators and supplies and give them to the hardest hit areas in the state.
Coronavirus update: Governor Newsom says California has 7,000 hotel rooms ready for homeless residents
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the latest coronavirus numbers for California, with 10,710 cases, 2,188 hospitalized and 901 people in ICU, a 10.4% increase from the previous day.
NEW YORK - Crime rates in major cities across the country are dropping amid the coronavirus crisis as people stay in their homes to try to blunt the spread of the pandemic.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department has stopped issuing passports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with exceptions for people who have a “qualified life-or-death emergency.”
NEW YORK - During the coronavirus pandemic, it seems as if everyone is connecting with Zoom’s videoconferencing app, including, on occasion, unwanted visitors.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Dozens more cases of COVID-19 are being reported daily across the 2-county inland region.
ANZA – (INT) – A mild earthquake was felt in parts of five Southern California counties Friday evening, but caused no reported damage.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The City Council has agreed to pay former city manager Andrea Miller $750,000 to resolve her claims against the City.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - A second Riverside County sheriff’s deputy has died of complications from the COVID-19 virus.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The county’s schools won’t reopen before June 19th under a modified virus closure.
HEMET – (INT) – Another sweep of rural areas south of Hemet has taken lawmen to five large pot farms. Seven people were arrested.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Local purchasing managers have put the first spin on the region’s economy since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Results of San Bernardino County’s March 3rd primary were certified Wednesday.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth when leaving home.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Staying at home is reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides, or NOx, which impacts the amount of air pollution.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials are out with some sobering projections for the COVID-19 virus into early May.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Mother Nature showed off her versatility during the so-called rainy season.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Inland residents are not doing a very good job of social distancing in this time of the coronavirus, at least by one measurement.
HEMET – (INT) – A suspected mail thief accused of dipping into curbside deposit boxes at five Inland Empire Post Offices has been arrested.
ONTARIO – (INT) – Operations at Ontario International Airport (ONT) are being scaled back.
WASHINGTON – (INT) - Congressman Paul Cook (R-San Bernardino County) provided these details on Recovery Rebate Eligibility.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – More first-responders are being stricken by the coronavirus.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – In spite of the coronavirus, the 2020 Census is being launched.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – As the 2020 Census gets underway, new figures show that since 2010 Riverside County was among the ten fastest-growing in the nation.
Sources for accurate local information about the coronavirus.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – Senior and disabled shoppers are moving to the front of the line at some stores in Riverside County.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Just when we thought it was safe to go outside, some dramatic changes are coming.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California now has 10,701 confirmed cases and 237 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has become the first state in the nation to secure FEMA approval to provide safe isolation capacity for tens of thousands of homeless.
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – The latest tunnel discovered beneath the US-Mexico border has yielded $29.6 million worth of drugs.
LOS ANGELES - R&B singer-songwriter Bill Withers has died from heart complications.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – As Southern Californians leave their vehicles parked longer, no one is predicting when the coronavirus will ease and folks get back into their cars.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - A case of intentional train wrecking is the latest bizarre incident tied to the coronavirus pandemic.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – An agreement was reached Wednesday agreement between teachers, classified employees, school boards, superintendents, and principals to work together to provide distance learning.
FT. JONES, CA – (INT) - Farmers who sell boxes of meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables directly to consumers are seeing a huge spike in orders as the coronavirus outbreak changes how people buy food.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - More and more California students were switching to online classes even before the coronavirus struck.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) – With the nation’s movie theaters shuttered because of the coronavirus, the small screen is taking center stage.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Public access to all of California’s 280 state parks is being limited.
SUNNYVALE – (INT) – California is meeting the demand for more ventilators.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Metrolink cut its train service 30% beginning Thursday in response to a sharp reduction in ridership because of the coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON - The requirement for Americans to obtain a Real ID for travel will be delayed one year.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - A consumer alert has been issued about deceptive advertising related to novel coronavirus.
MENIFEE – (INT) – Eyeglasses are disappearing from optical shops that have been burglarized throughout California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Californians won’t have to worry about the tax man, at least for now.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Economists at UCLA have proclaimed that the nation is in a recession.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is continuing its work to facilitate a safe, healthy food supply during the coronavirus emergency.
Community Block Grants are coming to the Inland Empire as part of the CARES Act Congress approved last week. San Bernardino County is getting nearly $4.4 million. Emergency shelter grants are also being allocated to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus among the county’s homeless. (INT)
Sheriff’s investigators are holding a Hesperia man on suspicion of running over another several times in a stolen mini-van. Terrance Bright and Reo Moore had been in a fight before Bright jumped into his brother’s mini-van. Moore was killed. Bright was later arrested on suspicion of murder. (INT)
In spite of March’s healthy precipitation, the Sierra snowpack, a vital source of California’s water supply, is below normal. Measurements taken Wednesday put the statewide average at only 53 percent of normal. In just one year, California has gone from having the fifth best recorded snowpack to one of the 10 worst. (INT)
One suspect is jailed and others are being sought in a pair of events in Moreno Valley Tuesday night in which one young man was killed. Sheriff’s investigators arrested Jayvonte Wilkinson, 24, for the murder of Jared Lewis, age 23. It was MoVal’s fourth homicide in nine days. (INT)
The University of California is implementing temporary measures that relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020. The measures will help mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a UC statement. (INT)
A drive-thru sample collection event for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the High Desert will be held Thursday April 2nd at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville. Appointments at 909 387-3911, the COVID-19 hotline, is required. The testing event is free of charge and does not require health insurance. (INT)
Governor Newsom signed an executive order Monday that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for California businesses. It puts in place a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns. (INT)
San Bernardino County has begun a drive-thru specimen collection for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing will be available for the public by appointment only. Appointment sign-up and details is available on the COVID-19 webpage (wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus). County Public Health will also publish a ‘dashboard’ on current data on the COVID-19 webpage. (INT)
Closures of developed recreation facilities are being put in place until at least April 30th in the San Bernardino, Cleveland and Angeles National Forests an attempt to discourage groups of people and promote social distancing of staying more than six feet apart. The general Forest area including the extensive trail system will remain open and available to the public. Hiking and walking outdoors are widely considered beneficial to maintaining one's health. (INT)
Veteran Riverside photojournalist Fred Bauman has died. Bauman retired in 1960 after a 36 year career at the Riverside Press Enterprise (PE). Bauman’s photography career included photos for “Life” and “Time” magazine. He died March 19th of natural causes at the age of 94, according to the PE. (INT)
Local officials have ordered the closure of all golf courses in Riverside County – both public and private – as part of the response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The order was issued Thursday April 2. (INT)
The Riverside County Superior Court will be extending its temporary closures through April 17th. The court will continue to handle only emergency matters affecting public health. (INT)
A recent order by Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser limiting short-term lodging for novel coronavirus response only does not apply to recreational vehicle (RV) parks or campgrounds. These parks are deemed essential businesses and should remain operational. The order, which included short-term home rentals, hotels and motels, is only for vacation rentals reported to county officials, and should not include RV parks. (INT)
Last Sunday’s death of a pedestrian, who was running across the I-15 at Glen Helen, involved a hit-run driver who left the scene. Two other vehicles struck the victim, but those motorists remained at the scene near the Glen Helen Parkway. The pedestrian’s identity has not been released. (INT)
All Moreno Valley parks are closed to the public and the restricted access to City facilities has been extended until California's state of emergency is lifted. The move to close all 30 City parks to any public access is in response to continuing reports of residents failing to heed posted warnings against using play structures and basketball courts in violation of orders forbidding gatherings of 10 or more. (INT)
These organizations are providing free food in Moreno Valley:
• Al-Rahma Food Bank, 12125 Day St., Unit U104: Friday, 2-5 p.m.
• First American Medical Transportation, 24907 Sunnymead Blvd., Ste. E: Daily, 12-2 p.m.
• Moreno Valley United Methodist, 10271 Heacock: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 4th Sundays, 2-3 p.m.
• Oasis Food Alliance Pantry, 23750 Alessandro Blvd., Ste C: Mon.-Sat., 7-9 a.m.
• Sinai Family Center, 12880 Heacock: Tues., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ID, income proof, utility bill)
• St. Christopher Church, 25075 Cottonwood Ave: Mon., 1-3 p.m.
• Unity of the Faith Christian Outreach Ministries, Inc., 13759 Redlands Blvd: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 8-10 a.m.; 2nd and 4th Fridays, 8-10 a.m.
Work is beginning on a $42 million project to replace the #3 and #4 lanes of the I-15 between the Riverside-San Diego County line and the Temecula River Bridge. The upgrades will be done at night. (INT)
The California Department of Motor Vehicles will close all field offices in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the DMV announced on its website Thursday night. All appointments have been canceled. There was no information on when offices would reopen. (INT)
Regulators in California have deemed some marijuana dispensaries as life-sustaining businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis. Some states, however, are halting adult use altogether. (INT)
The May 12th special election in the 28th State Senate District of Riverside County will be entirely by mail. Governor Newsom declared Friday that because of the coronavirus, there will be no polling places. Melissa Melendez and Elizabeth Romero will face off in the election to decide who will replace Jeff Stone who quit to work in the US Department of Labor. (INT)