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Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Volunteers clean up Downtown Riverside after Monday night protest.
  2. Stevante Clark guided hundreds on a peaceful march and was thanked by Governor Gavin Newsom for his leadership.
  3. California’s Black Legislative Caucus has a list of proposals to tackle systemic issues.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Activists Rally Outside Adelanto ICE Processing Center

May 29, 2020
Benjamin Purper / KVCR

Protesters rallied outside the Adelanto ICE Processing Center yesterday to denounce what they say are poor conditions for immigrants detained in the center. ICE denies this and says it’s taking the necessary steps to combat COVID-19 in the facility. 

Protesters gathered in front of the ICE Processing Center in Adelanto to denounce the conditions inside the facility, which they say are substandard.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County officials released current COVID-19 cases, stating that the positivity rates from corona virus screenings have ranged from 2% - 4%.
  2. The EDD is conducting a mass hiring to deal with a huge backlog of claims.
  3. Governor Newsom says he might have to cut programs to make ends meet due to a budget shortfall, but some workers are pushing back.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Morongo Casino Resort and Spa’s Executive Director of Marketing, Simon Farmer. Simon Farmer shares Morongo’s preparations leading up to their reopening, how they are using precautions, and how the opening over Memorial Day weekend went.

To learn more about Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, visit morongocasinoresort.com

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

The FDA has given emergency authorization to a Fontana-based company to produce and manufacture “Patient Isolation Transportation Units” for use with COVID-19 patients. 

The Patient Isolation Transportation Unit, or PITU, is an enclosure that makes it safer to work with patients with highly contagious diseases.

It’s what’s called a negative pressure isolation enclosure.

Lillian Vasquez revisits her interview with Dr. Joe Chaffin, Chief Medical Officer for LifeStream Blood Bank. Donations are still needed and now LifeStream is collecting convalescent plasma donations- plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.

For more information about LifeStream and where you can go to donate, visit lstream.org

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

The California Employment Development Department today released the state’s unemployment rates for last month, including those of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. 

The state’s unemployment rate was at a record 15.5 percent in April as the state’s employers lost more than 2 million non-farm payroll jobs.

San Bernardino County’s unemployment rate jumped to 13.4 percent, and Riverside’s went up to 15.3 percent.

The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in April was 14.4%, up from only 5.2% in March.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County surpassed 6,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
  2. Riverside County expanded its coronavirus testing, including walk-up sites in Moreno Valley and Cathedral City.
  3. Californians applying for unemployment benefits will automatically be applying for federal coronavirus benefits too.
  4. Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 could help patients fighting the disease.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Human Resources expert and Chief Marketing Officer of Hibob, Rhiannon Staples, about adjustments to the workplace due to COVID-19 and how the work environment will continue to change even after the pandemic.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

KVCR has been interviewing local elected officials about the coronavirus. Now, we have an interview with 5th District Supervisor for Riverside County, Jeff Hewitt. Supervisor Hewitt discusses his reasoning for voting to rescind most of the coronavirus restrictions put in place by Riverside County Health Officer Cameron Kaiser. 

Editor's note: The CDC in its guidelines recommends wearing face masks in public. Neighboring Los Angeles County requires masks in public, but it is no longer mandated in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties.

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May is Mental Health Month, and we have a series of stories about mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we have an interview with Dr. David Puder of Loma Linda University Health, who is worried about a potential increase in depression and suicide as a result of the pandemic and its economic fallout. As a warning, this story does talk extensively about suicide. Here’s KVCR’s Benjamin Purper in conversation with Dr. Puder.

You can hear more of Dr. Puder’s work on the Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast.

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LifeStream Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Chaffin speaks about the process of donating blood and why it’s so important. 

MEGAN JAMERSON/KVCR

Public comments on budget cuts to a centuries old public institution stretched a Redland’s City Council meeting to nearly eight hours. The council met to discuss a proposed budget to handle revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facing a fifteen point seven-million-dollar shortfall for next year’s budget, Mayor Paul Foster led a virtual city council meeting on Tuesday morning. Broadcast online, with city council members calling in remotely, the tone was somber.

IEHP

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Gayani DeSilva, the Behavioral Health Medical Director for IEHP, the Inland Empire Health Plan. Dr. DeSilva talks about mental health and some of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, visit IEHP.com

On Friday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors rescinded all but one of their own public health officer’s coronavirus orders, effectively loosening restrictions on mandates such as the requirement to wear face masks in public and practice social distancing. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper spoke with Riverside City Councilmember and small business owner Ronaldo Fierro about the Board’s decision and what it means for the city of Riverside. 

Before last week’s vote, the Riverside City Council voted to send a letter to the Board asking them to delay it.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

The city of Fontana is out $6.8 million in revenue thanks to the coronavirus. It’s also the city with the second-most coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County, as of Tuesday. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper spoke with the mayor of Fontana, Acquanetta Warren, about the revenue loss and what it means for the city.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County supervisors defer action on lifting coronavirus restrictions.
  2. Governor Newsom says small businesses allowed to reopen Friday will have to make many modifications.
  3. Restaurants in Yuba and Sutter counties have been given the OK to open dining rooms for sit down meals.
  4. Alleged labor law violations by Uber and Lyft have prompted the state to file a lawsuit against the companies.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Alan Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority. He shares how air travel has been affected in our region. Lillian also has a conversation with Kaben Clausen, Founder and CEO of TruePublic, an anonymous opinion platform that has recently been gathering information about the pandemic.

For more information about Ontario International Airport, visit FlyOntario.com

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Coronavirus Interview: Congressman Pete Aguilar

May 1, 2020
aguilar.house.gov

As part of our series of interviews with local elected officials about the coronavirus, we now have a conversation with Congressman Pete Aguilar, whose district includes San Bernardino and Redlands among other San Bernardino County cities. Aguilar discusses a recent town hall he held with Small Business Administration experts, what's next for legislative coronavirus relief, and the state of testing for COVID-19 in the Inland Empire. 

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County extends order on face masks and social distancing to June.
  2. Bats have a link to the pandemic, but scientists say humans don’t need to fear them.
  3. Governor Newsom says out of the 235,000 people that applied this week for unemployment, more than 80% fell under the new benefits.

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