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Palm Springs officials to hold coronavirus news conference on Thursday

Update - 3/5/2020

Officials announced there are no plans to cancel any of the upcoming large events like Coachella, Stagecoach and the BNP. Various officials addressed Coronavirus concerns and what plans are being put in place to protect visitors. Officials announced

Watch our report on the news conference here

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Original Story - 3/4/2020

The county's top public health official will make a rare trip to the Coachella Valley Thursday in an effort to quell public fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 3,100 people.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County's public health officer, will join Palm Springs Major Geoff Kors and county Supervisor V. Manuel Perez for a news conference on the steps of Palm Springs City Hall beginning at 10 a.m.

Go to KESQ.com/livestream-events to watch the news conference beginning at 10 a.m.

Also expected to attend will be public safety, business, school district, and tourism representatives.

The news conference is aimed at updating residents on the "proactive measures being taken to prevent coronavirus in order to stay healthy during the busy Coachella Valley tourist season,'' according to a statement from the city.

Although there are still no cases in the Coachella Valley or Riverside County, concerns continue to grow throughout the state.

On Wednesday afternoon, officials announced the first death in California, a senior who had been on a cruise to Mexico and returned to Placer County.

During the briefing on Wednesday, Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency due to concerns over the illness. CA is the third state to do so. Newsom said the state currently has 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus and are monitoring 9,400 residents.

Federal officials also announced that a medical screener at Los Angeles International Airport tested positive for coronavirus.

Riverside County activated its department operations center to "provide the public with the latest and most accurate information about what we are doing to prepare and the illness itself."

Read: Riverside County activates emergency operations center for coronavirus

Riverside County established a website to provide the community with the latest news and information about the illness. Visit www.rivcoph.org.

Stay with News Channel for any updates.

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