YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL HIS GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of trying to kill his girlfriend. Deputies were called to the Desert Oasis Healthcare in Yucca Valley when the victim arrived to be treated for her injuries. The woman said that about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nelson Mora, 42, grabbed her by the right arm and threw her on the bed. He then grabbed her arm, which dislocated her shoulder. She said Mora climbed on top of her and kneed her several times in the head and face. She said he also choked her, placed a pillow over her face and suffocated her to the point she lost consciousness. When she regained consciousness, Mora refused to leave, and held her captive for 24 hours, before she was able to get away and seek medical help. Deputies located Mora about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 7800 block of Fox Trail in Yucca Valley. Nelson Mora was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million.

CHP WILL BE ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The California Highway Patrol will be out in force for a maximum enforcement period this weekend. Joshua King has more details about how to be safe while on the roads…

As California gradually reopens, many people will be eager to celebrate the holiday weekend with family and friends, and some will take to the road for the weekend. Wherever people choose to observe Independence Day, they can expect the CHP to be out in force for a maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, to midnight, Sunday, July 5. Last year, 36 people died on California roads during the Fourth of July weekend. Of those, 11 people were not wearing their seatbelts. The CHP reminds motorists to obey speed limits, buckle up, and don’t drive impaired or distracted.

NEW COUNTY CORONAVIRUS CASES UP BY 406, LOCAL CASES NOW AT 84

San Bernardino County reported seven coronavirus-related deaths and 406 new cases Thursday, July 2. The county heads into the long July 4 weekend with 265 deaths and 13,152 confirmed cases so far.

Here in the Morongo Basin, confirmed cases have ticked up to 84: Yucca Valley with 43, Joshua Tree 19, Twentynine Palms with 14 and Morongo Valley eight. A projected 7,461 people have recovered.

There have been 148,704 people tested so far in the county of 2.1 million residents, of which 8.8 percent tested positive for the virus. Wednesday there were 428 coronavirus-positive patients in county hospitals, the highest number reported so far. There were 151 positive patients in intensive care Wednesday. The time it takes for the virus to double in the community is 19.6 days, according to the dashboard.

RESIDENTS URGED TO AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS

San Bernardino County, like numerous other counties throughout the state, is seeing a rapid increase in positive tests for COVID-19 — and worse, a significant increase in hospitalizations due to the disease. This week has seen the highest numbers yet in the county for new cases and hospitalizations, and a steady increase in ICU beds since June 17. Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the mandatory closure of all bars and indoor operations for restaurants and indoor entertainment venues. Many people have let down their guard and ignored safety guidelines. Managing editor Tami Roleff says with the holiday weekend, now is not the time to ignore safety guidelines about social distancing, face coverings, hand washing, and crowds…

Many people are getting cabin fever and are tired of dealing with the guidelines established in response to COVID-19, especially with the coming Fourth of July holiday weekend. It’s a traditional time for gathering in groups, having neighborhood block parties, picnics, or barbecues and joining with others to watch firework displays—all things that are a problem in this pandemic.

The county reminds residents that guidelines for social distancing, facial coverings, and hand washing are all are to help prevent the spread of the virus and allow us to avoid further restrictions. This holiday weekend could be pivotal in San Bernardino County. 

Residents are urged to avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, wash your hands often, and when in public, use face coverings and keep your distance from others. Also, make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree by visiting http://www.sbcovid19.com.

STATE DISTRIBUTES 164 MILLION MASKS

The California Office of Emergency Services has distributed 164 million surgical masks to workers in critical sectors who are performing essential tasks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of last week, the agencies and organizations that have received the most masks include medical, nursing and senior care workers with 32.1 million masks; tribal governments; agricultural workers; public service employees; and educators and school support staff.  

The California Office of Emergency Services has been distributing supplies to help essential workers and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Numbers as of 6-29-2020