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Welcome to Monday! I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, where we have two seasons: super hot and spectacular. And after today’s temperatures, I’m afraid we’re reaching the end of the spectacular season. But here are some of today’s headlines.

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California COVID-19 cases holding steady

Desert Oasis Healthcare Pharmacist Technician Eric Arias holds syringes of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccine clinic in Palm Springs, Calif., on March 19, 2021.

The Golden State reported 18,837 new coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, almost unchanged from 18,813 the week before.

The worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Mono, Shasta and Lake counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 4,051 cases; San Diego County, with 1,752 cases; and Sacramento County, with 1,283. Weekly case counts rose in 29 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Sacramento, Fresno and Shasta counties.

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