Inland Empire

Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley stays focused on pets through coronavirus outbreak

Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley in San Bernardino, is still available for pets that are sick and in need and is accepting appointments for basic health care. The organization’s Veterinary Clinic remains open through the coronavirus outbreak, offering its normal services. HSSBV is implementing protocols to mitigate exposure for employees and clients. Appointments will be spread out so that there are no more than 10 clients in the lobby. Walk-in appointments will be extremely limited and for urgent needs only. Clients are strongly encouraged to make an appointment. The clinic will also not be taking appointments from households with members who are experiencing respiratory illness. Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley vet sssistant Pam Singhavong with a patient at the HSSBV Veterinary Clinic. (Photos courtesy of the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley) “Even though this is a time of crisis, we are still here if your pet has a need,” Jill Henderson, the organization’s director of development and outreach said. “If you are concerned that your pets are sick, you can call and we can walk you through if you need to bring…

Riverside County coronavirus cases rise by 44; now at 151

Riverside County now has 151 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, up 44 from Thursday night, March 26, according to official numbers posted Friday morning, March 27. The number of COVID-19 deaths in the county is unchanged at eight. At least 24 of the cases were locally acquired and county health officials are still trying to determine how 123 patients with confirmed cases got the virus. On Thursday, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari said the county would start releasing coronavirus numbers broken down by city, age, and gender. That breakdown was not immediately available Friday morning. Also Thursday, Dr. Geoff Leung at Riverside University Health System – Medical Center said that, if current projections stay the same, the county could have more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 50,000 cases by May 1. At current rates, the county could reach hospital capacity and run out of ventilators by mid- to late-April; officials are already making plans to handle the surge. The county’s coronavirus forecast could change, and officials are urging the public to stay at home, practice social distancing and take other steps to…

Upland native now in China shares coronavirus tales, tips

A long-ago interview subject was getting back in touch. The former Loraine Ong reminded me via Facebook message that I wrote about her when, as a Claremont High junior, she invented a flavor for a contest by Cold Stone Creamery. Heath Wave, she called it: French vanilla ice cream, brownies, Heath bars and chocolate sauce. Loraine didn’t win the contest, but her flavor combination was briefly No. 5 nationally in sales. Also, as I recall, it was delicious. Today, the now-married Loraine Hemingway, 27, lives in China. “I just wanted to reach out,” she messaged me, “to see if your newspaper would be interested in a piece about my experience being in coronavirus lockdown for the past two months. My Chinese city of 2 million went from 38 cases to zero this week, so I thought it would be nice to share some hope for my hometown community.” Hope is something we could use, especially with coronavirus cases in California doubling every three to four days. I encouraged her to send me what she’d written. She elaborated on it in response to my questions and…

Venice Beach is deserted due to the coronavirus pandemic

Venice Beach has long been one of the most popular places to visit in the Los Angeles area. Street performers, tourists and sun worshipers have flocked to the area since it was founded in 1905 by wealthy developer, Abbot Kinney, and named the Venice of America. Now Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach is virtually deserted. The shops are shuttered, the street performers are gone and tourists are nowhere to be found. Venice Beach is almost deserted, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Venice Beach is almost deserted due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Venice Beach is almost deserted due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Venice Beach is almost deserted due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Venice Beach is almost deserted due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo by…

Menifee teacher to chase childhood dreams in NASA program

By Catherine Makino Correspondent When he got the news, Joe Jennings was so excited that he jumped up and hit his head on the ceiling. He was selected by the SETI Institute as one of 28 teachers from around the country to be part of the 2020 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. This means that he is scheduled to fly with NASA on research flights on the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, known as SOFIA. For Jennings, a 56 year-old teacher at Paloma Valley High School in Menifee, this is a childhood dream come true. “When I was a kid, men were walking on the moon … and I wanted to be one of those guys. This dream’s fizzledout, but I have remained a NASA fan all the same,” he said, adding, “I will have the experience of a lifetime.” Teacher Joe Jennings stands next to a telescope with a solar filter to watch the Aug.17, 2018, eclipse with students at Paloma Valley High School in Menifee. (Photo courtesy of Jennafer LaPaglia) Joe Jennings, third from left, stands with his Paloma Valley High School students…

State Parks announces more parking closures to curb coronavirus spread

California State Parks beefed up its list of parking lot closures on Thursday, March 26, adding to restrictions to the public to try and stop the spread of coronvirus. The state had already put in lot closures for a handful of beaches in Los Angeles County and beyond after big crowds showed up last weekend, concerning officials who worry about people not adhering to the social distancing rules of being 6-feet away from one another. That list excluded Orange County’s beaches, but Thursday’s announcement adds Huntington State Beach, Bolsa Chica, Doheny State Beach, San Clemente  State Beach and San Onofre to the list of lots closed. While parking will be shut down, the beaches will stay open for people who can walk in or ride bikes. The parking lot at the popular Bolsa Chica State Beach will be temporarily closed. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) The latest lists also includes lots throughout Riverside and San Bernadino County, including Chino Hills State Park, Lake Perris and Silverwood Lake. State Parks warned that officials be monitoring visitation and if safety measures implemented are not sufficient…

City of La Quinta Issues Immediate Closure of Shared Pools, Short-Term Rentals over Coronavirus Concerns

La Quinta issues new executive orders over COVID-19. The city has ordered the immediate closure of short-term rentals, time shares, hotels, motels. There are a few exceptions to the new order: hotels, motels, and short term rentals can still be used for housing essential workers and homeless people. People who are currently renting are allowed to remain until their contract ends. The city also ordered all shared private (like country club or resort) or public swimming pools and spas in the city to be closed effective immediately.

California’s DMV to close field offices to the public starting Friday over coronavirus fears

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is shutting public access to its field offices across the state in response to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said late Thursday. Starting Friday, those offices will be closed to the public in order to ensure customers’ safety during the evolving pandemic, the department said. The offices will re-open April 2, but only in a “virtual” capacity in which employees will be at their jobs on site, but the public will interact with them only online, according to a news release. On the DMV’s website, customers still will be able to conduct business that previously required in-person visits, such as vehicle title transfers and complex vehicle registration renewals. “Field offices will be temporarily closed to the public statewide beginning March 27 and reopen, virtually, on April 2. All in-office appointments at this time will be canceled. Customers are encouraged to check the dmv.ca.gov website for future appointment availability,” DMV officials said in the news release. The department said kiosks and requests by mail will remain available to customers. But it wasn’t immediately clear when in-person services would be available to the…

Riverside County deputy who worked at jail tests positive for coronavirus

A sheriff’s deputy working at a jail in Riverside County has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said  Thursday. The infected deputy “is doing well and recovering at home,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a recorded statement Thursday. The deputy went to work several days ago, reported feeling ill shortly after starting their shift and was sent home that day. A COVID-19 test was conducted, and returned a positive result, the sheriff said. A total of 11 inmates in Riverside County jails have been placed under quarantine with symptoms possibly related to coronavirus, Bianco said. The sheriff added that several other deputies have shown possible signs of infection and were self-isolating in their homes. None of them had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday. “Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have worked very hard to keep the virus from being exposed to our inmate population,” Bianco said. Related Articles New Redlands coronavirus measures include eviction moratorium State Parks announces more parking closures, including Orange County beaches and Riverside area parks, to curb coronavirus spread Southern California juvenile halls release low-level offenders early in…

Pomona College student in Claremont tests positive for coronavirus

A student at one of the Claremont Colleges has tested positive for the coronavirus, Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr announced Thursday, March 26. In an email, Starr said the student, who was not identified, notified the college they tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Tuesday, March 24. The email, signed by Starr and college Vice Presidents Robert Gaines and Avis Hinkson, noted that the student left campus less than two weeks ago, on March 13, and has not been on campus since then. “With the global pandemic and community transmission of the virus in Los Angeles County, we will likely see more cases in our wider college community, and we are conveying our support to those affected during this time,” Pomona College officials said in the email. Pomona College, part of the Claremont Colleges, which also includes, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Harvey Mudd and Scripps Colleges, said it will notify individuals who worked or lived in close proximity with the sickened individual without identifying them by name. All of the Claremont Colleges canceled in-person classes on March 11 and moved…

Local Doctor Pleads For Federal Action to Fight COVID-19

  “I’m worried that I‘m going to see people that I love and work with everyday on ventilators and dying,” Dr. Richard Loftus, a local doctor, has been sounding the alarm of the dangers front line workers are facing treating COVID-19 patients. What he fears is happening. “I have two colleagues who that have been in our ICU, one is on a ventilator,” says Loftus,” adding, “I wanted people to know that front line health care workers are scumming to this illness.” He says what they’re given is not enough to protect themselves from the virus and what they have will soon run out, “I was jealous when I watched the Chinese doctors suit up for their coronavirus unit we have nothing close to that level of protection at the present time really anywhere in the United States … but we’re still catching up on securing all of the protective equipment that we need.” He says this is a war and the federal government isn’t arming their soldiers, “This is not being embraced like it’s a war time moment and this like I said this…

Coachella Valley cities facing new short-term rental restrictions

Vince Calvarese has rented property in the Coachella Valley since the 1980s, but has never had a trip like this one. “The plan was to come down here in January, find a new home and then go back up to Northern California, pack everything up and move down. Well that was the plan, but then everything started changing,” said Calvarese, who rents property with Poolside Retreats. His visit fits in the short-term rental category which is facing restrictions. “My biggest fear was leaving and having to go back up to San Francisco which is really on a lock down,” said Calvarese. Renters in different cities now have specific rules for their area. In La Quinta, a short term rental is anything less than 31 days, and is the only thing affected. The same is true for any rental property under 30 days in Rancho Mirage. For Palm Springs renters, it applies to all regardless of length. Due to these new moratoriums, all new bookings are to be cancelled for April, and parties can receive fines of $5,000 for renting out their property. The moratorium doesn’t…

Amy Klobuchar’s husband returns home from hospital to recover from coronavirus

(CNN) — Amy Klobuchar’s husband, John Bessler, is recovering at home after being hospitalized for coronavirus, the Minnesota senator and former Democratic presidential candidate announced on Thursday. “He has coronavirus and has been in the hospital for pneumonia and low oxygen,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “He took a good turn, was just released and is now recovering at home.” Klobuchar expressed gratitude to those who had sent well wishes, to “those who cared for him and for all front line health care workers,” she added. The news comes as multiple lawmakers await test results for the virus that has spread on Capitol Hill — looming over the House’s consideration of the Senate’s coronavirus stimulus package — and as others who have tested positive continue to weather its course. Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Ayanna Pressley were the latest on Wednesday to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Utah Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams, one of the first two lawmakers who tested positive, was hospitalized Friday and said Tuesday that doctors had told him he still needs to be in the hospital as they monitor his supplemental oxygen needs. Klobuchar shared news that her…

New Redlands coronavirus measures include eviction moratorium

Redlands residents should not have to worry about being evicted if they can’t pay their rent due to the novel coronavirus, the City Council decided Thursday, March 26. The council enacted an eviction moratorium among several actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak at a special meeting that saw two councilmembers attend via teleconference. The council also discussed how to help the homeless during the pandemic, gave direction on how to provide for public comment at meetings when the public is encouraged to stay home, and released a nonprofit group from an agreement to provide homeless services because of its need to deal with the crisis. Evictions The moratorium is for both residential and commercial tenants but does not address those living in motels. It runs through May 31. The ordinance follows March 16 eviction guidelines from Gov. Gavin Newsom, and similar rules enacted by San Bernaridno County on Tuesday for unincorporated areas such as Mentone. Over the phone, Councilwoman Denise Davis told fellow members she was glad they were voting on the ordinance because about 3.3 million Americans have filed for unemployment recently, with more…

State Parks announces more parking closures, including Orange County beaches and Riverside area parks, to curb coronavirus spread

California State Parks beefed up its list of parking lot closures on Thursday, March 26, adding to restrictions to the public to try and stop the spread of coronvirus. The state had already put in lot closures for a handful of beaches in Los Angeles County and beyond after big crowds showed up last weekend, concerning officials who worry about people not adhering to the social distancing rules of being 6-feet away from one another. That list excluded Orange County’s beaches, but Thursday’s announcement adds Huntington State Beach, Bolsa Chica, Doheny State Beach, San Clemente  State Beach and San Onofre to the list of lots closed. While parking will be shut down, the beaches will stay open for people who can walk in or ride bikes. The parking lot at the popular Bolsa Chica State Beach will be temporarily closed. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) The latest lists also includes lots throughout Riverside and San Bernadino County, including Chino Hills State Park, Lake Perris and Silverwood Lake. State Parks warned that officials be monitoring visitation and if safety measures implemented are not sufficient…

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