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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday, May 29

Friday updates include:
* 10 reported deaths in Riverside Co. in the last 24 hours, 5 in the CV
* The county reinstates short-term rentals, with restrictions.
* The Coachella Valley is nowhere close to reaching herd immunity, according to study. 
Stay safe. 🌵💚

3 juveniles arrested in connection to felony vandalism resulting in $175k in damages at Thermal warehouse

Three minors were arrested on Thursday after police say the caused property damage of $175,000 to a warehouse in Thermal.

Splash House has been cancelled for 2020

In a move that, like so many others recently, is not surprising, but also disappointing, Splash House has called off all events for the 2020 year in Palm Springs.

Andy Samberg’s ‘Palm Springs’ movie will start streaming on Hulu in July

The highly anticipated comedy "Palm Springs" has set its premiere date. Andy Samberg, of SNL and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fame, stars in the flick, which is about the Coachella Valley, but wasn't actually filmed in the Palm Springs area. It was announced this week that the movie will start streaming on Hulu in July.

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Thursday, May 28

Thursday updates include:
* Riverside County: 89 cases, 7 deaths in the last 24 hours.
* Does temperature screening really work?
* More local restaurants reopen their doors.  
Stay safe. 🌵💚

Welp, it looks like jury duty is coming back to Riverside County again

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of many things that we miss badly, it also has meant that everyone has had a break from going to jury duty - but, friend, those days are nearly over.

Drive-thru Covid-19 testing is coming to Coachella Valley CVS stores

CVS Health is expanding its no-cost coronavirus testing program across the state of California, including several locations in the Coachella Valley.

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Wednesday, May 27

Wednesday updates include:
* Riverside County: 135 cases, 3 deaths in the last 24 hours.
* California Health officials fear a second wave of coronavirus.
* You can now take a tour of the windmills in your own car. 
Stay safe. 🌵💚

Coachella is now reportedly asking 2020 acts to play in 2021 instead

Coachella is now reportedly asking 2020 headliners to play in 2021 insteadIt seems pretty inevitable at this point that the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals won't be happening this fall (after being moved their from the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic). Now, Bloomberg reports that Coachella organizers are asking the artists to play in 2021 instead of this fall, meaning it's pretty damn likely this year is, sadly, going to be festival-free in Indio.

Tuesday was the hottest day of the year and, oh boy, Wednesday is going to be even hotter

Riverside County may be opening more businesses up these days, but Mother Nature is doing all she can to try to make you stay in with the air conditioning cranked.

Bicyclist struck, killed in Coachella

A bicyclist is dead after being hit by a car on Tuesday night in Coachella.

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Tuesday, May 26

Tuesday updates include:
* Riverside County reaches 303 deaths, 11 in the last 24 hours.
* You can get a haircut again.
* Antibody tests might be wrong up to 50% of the time.
Stay safe. 🌵💚


Ernie Ball is offering Coachella Valley residents free masks

A few weeks ago, Ernie Ball shifted part of their production from premium guitar strings and accessories to instead produce face masks, is now offering them free to Coachella Valley residents to assist during the coronavirus pandemic.

You can get a haircut again in Riverside County

For those looking to get a haircut, as of Tuesday, you can do that again in Riverside County.

Here’s some previously unseen footage of Madonna’s 2006 Coachella performance

If you wanted the recent Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert documentary last month, you may have noticed what seemed like some pretty professional concert footage of Madonna's 2006 performance inside a tent that, even if you were at the Empire Polo Club that year, you probably didn't see because it was so dang crowded. Well, turns out some more of that footage has now been released.

The stupid ‘omega block’ is making things hot af this week

Typically, Memorial Day Weekend is seen as the official "kickoff to summer" and Mother Nature is wasting no time in doing just that, as temps this week in the Coachella Valley are expected to soar above 110 degrees this week all thanks to something called the "omega block" which, surprisingly, is not something the Guardians of the Galaxy set out to find in their next movie, but is actually a meteorological term that I just learned and now we can all be mad at for making things so darn hot in the desert.

All of the local shopping malls are reopening this week

Looking to head to a shopping mall of some kind? You can now do that again in and around the Coachella Valley starting this week. Local shopping centers in the Greater Palm Springs Area reopening Tuesday include: Desert Hills Premium Outlets: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAp-zmSs6nQ/ Gardens on El Paseo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAqJ7IWoLtw/ Indio Grand Marketplace: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAqKAuLAHws/ Meanwhile,...

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday evening, May 22

Friday evening updates include:
* Coachella Valley: 45 new cases, 3 deaths.
* Riverside County approved to Stage 2.5 of reopening.
* NBA legend Patrick Ewing announces he has COVID-19.
Stay safe. 🌵💚



Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and, while we will see each day warming up a bit until passing back into the triple digits on Saturday and Sunday, you may want to try to get out and spend a few minutes outside, because by the end of next week, things are looking pretty unbearable.

What’s the mysterious message being painted on the Red Barn?

While you likely are not driving down Highway 111 as much as these days due to the stay-at-home orders, next time you do, be sure to check out what appears to be some sort of message being scrawled on the roof of the Red Barn bar in Palm Desert.

Here’s how to enjoy StageCouch this weekend

Typically, tens of thousands of cowboys and cowgirls (and a few non-cowpokes like me) flood into the Empire Police Club in Indio this weekend to drink, take in some country music, drink some more, line dance, drink some more, grab some grub, drink just a bit more, and ride the Ferris Wheel before grabbing just one more drink. Since that's not happening do to the coronavirus, fans are being encouraged to celebrate #STAGECOUCH from Friday through Sunday.

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