MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS TO CLOSE THROUGH MAY 1, 2020

The Morongo Unified School District, in an effort to have consistent closure dates throughout the County, will keep all schools closed through May 1, 2020.

SCHOOL BOARD CANCELS SCHOOL THROUGH APRIL 20

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously in a special meeting this morning and voted 5-0 to close all district schools through Monday, April 20. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has more about what the decision means for area students…

The MUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday morning to extend the closure of all district schools through April 20 with April 21 being the anticipated day students can return to school. Meanwhile, the District will continue to distribute grab-and-go meals and education review materials for all students at school sites. Superintendent Tom Baumgarten told Z107.7 news that the District will continue to monitor the spread of Coronavirus and provide updates to parents, students, and the community; but stated that another extension of school closure is a possibility.

FIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Two more cases of COVID-19 were reported in San Bernardino County Wednesday. That brings the number of cases to five in the county. Riverside County has 16 cases of COVID-19, 15 in the Coachella Valley, and three Riverside County residents have died. San Bernardino County reported its first case Sunday; the number of cases is expected to increase as more people are tested. The County Health Department is no longer releasing information about patients who test positive to ensure confidentiality and to prevent panic.

MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S STATION ADJUSTS TO CANCELLATIONS

One of the effects of the county’s directives to cancel all gatherings of people is on the court systems. The Joshua Tree Courthouse will be open for “limited emergency matters only.” Managing editor Tami Roleff says that means some of the Sheriff’s deputies who work at the courthouse have been temporarily reassigned…

Newly promoted Captain Luke Niles told the Yucca Valley Town Council Tuesday that because the local courthouse has drastically cut back its services, Sheriff’s deputies have been reassigned.

“We’ve deployed all of our local deputy sheriffs who work in court services to a patrol function amongst the grocery outlets and commercial businesses throughout the Morongo Basin.”

Niles added that the coronavirus threat has forced some changes in the jail as well, effective March 19.

“We are going to limit visitation and some outside access to the inmates; all of that information’s been posted on the Sheriff’s website and our Facebook accounts.”

Only attorney and official visits will be allowed until further notice.

STATE EXTENDS ELIGIBILITY FOR SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday extending the eligibility period for social safety net programs, temporarily preventing an interruption of benefits during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Newsom’s executive order waived eligibility re-determinations for residents enrolled in Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, Cash Assistance for Immigrants, and In-Home Supportive Services.

The extension will run through June 17. “These social safety net programs are so important for families—especially during this crisis,” Newsom said. “We don’t want Californians who rely on these services to lose them.”