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.
“Theatre 29 Home Edition,” a unique effort to bring live musical theater directly to your home from the performers of Theatre 29, continues this holiday weekend. Three days a week, Theatre 29 releases a video featuring theater veterans and current performers singing solos, duets, and group numbers. A new video is released every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on Theatre 29’s social media pages.
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The City of Twentynine Palms and the Marine Base traditionally trade fireworks duty every July 4 and this year, the Marines have a vaulted plan to entertain patriots while still keeping safe in 2020. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…
With the threat of COVID-19 still looming and social-distancing still enforced, the Marine Corps Community Services faced a challenge with this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show. Fittingly, the Marines plan to simply aim higher.
While the Marines have specifically selected high-altitude fireworks so that the display can be seen from a wider area, it also means that there will be no official community event. They are asking residents to enjoy the “extra-high” fireworks from the comfort of their homes.
The show will begin at 9 pm on Saturday, July 4 and will last about 20 minutes.
Twentynine Palms is the place to celebrate the Fourth of July. It’s the only place in the Morongo Basin where you’ll be able to see fireworks, and before the big event, Tortoise Rock Casino has planned a couple of events. At 10 a.m., it will dedicate a new flagpole. That night, it will hold a free outdoor concert featuring the music of the rock band Kiss. Ernest Figueroa says get ready to “rock and roll all night”…
Kissed Alive returns to Twentynine Palms for the free Saturday night “Live at the Rock” concert at Tortoise Rock Casino. Concert-goers will want to get up and move to the high-energy and spectacular showmanship of this band as they cover iconic songs from the popular band, including “Detroit Rock City” “Hotter than Hell,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Love Gun.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the casino. Then at 9 p.m., watch the fireworks from the Combat Center from the casino parking lot. There will be $1 hot dogs all day long.
Yesterday we reported on some of the challenges facing the 29 Palms Art Gallery. With the closure of the gallery due to Covid-19, rodents have taken over the building. The estimate to get rid of the rats and mice, clean everything out, and repair the damage is a minimum of $10,000. Two representatives from the 29 Palms Art Gallery—Lorrie Renne and Vicki Waite—will be the guests on Friday’s Z107.7 Up Close Show. Tune in to the Z107.7 Up Close Show Friday at 10 a.m. to hear about the art gallery and its new fundraising campaign.