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Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday evening, April 3

Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Friday evening, April 3
(📸: Gabriela Vázquez Miranda)

Cactus Hugs has been tracking local stories about the coronavirus.   For a rundown of all of our updates, click here. Stay safe, stay at a good social distance, and thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

Well, look at that, we made it through another week (I think, I don’t know what days are anymore).  Stay strong 🌵💚

As of 1 pm Friday, Riverside County officials have confirmed 638 people have tested positive for COVID-19.  There have been 15 confirmed deaths in the county.

As of 4 pm Thursday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 304 cases of COVID-19.  There has been 8 deaths in San Bernardino County.

As of 4:30 am Friday, there have been 12,267 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California.  There have been 275 deaths in the state.

About a dozen workers expected to test 185 people for COVID-19 at the Indio Fairgrounds on Friday.

Musician Christopher Cross has been diagnosed with coronavirus:

As has CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin:

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state of California has secured 15,000 hotel and motel rooms to help house the homeless:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Friday recommending that the public voluntarily wear a non-medical basic cloth or fabric mask that can be either purchased online or simply made at home.

Meanwhile, in Washington DC:

Congressman Raul Ruiz donated blood at LifeStream Blood Bank on Thursday. “I was glad to assist our local blood bank to help patients in need during this public health crisis,” he  said in a LifeStream press release. “I appreciate the Coronavirus precautions LifeStream is taking to protect blood donors during this public health crisis”  You can schedule an appointment here.

His opponent in the upcoming election tweeted this:

The local news just won’t let the golf course thing go:

KESQ is also doing a telethon for the FIND Food Bank tonight:

Coachella has created backgrounds for your next Zoom call:

We put together a list of things you can do in Palm Springs this weekend.

That’s all for this evening.  As always, thank you for your support of Cactus Hugs.  Take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors – and, please, be well.

Important information:

Congressman Raul Ruiz has posted a list of local resources and information.

The Washington Post offers plenty of ways that you can help during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you see someone price gouging, there is now a number for that.

The New York Times has an interactive map where you can track every coronavirus case in the United States.

The Washington Post is out with a guide to what you should know about the coronavirus.

Schools are closed, but free student meals are available.  Here is the information on meal programs during this time for each Coachella Valley school district.

Here is a memo by the Department of Homeland security identifying critical infrastructure workers.

The United Way of the Desert has assembled a nice list of information and resources available during the coronavirus here.

These are scary and anxious times.  Be safe and kind to each other out there and, please, remember to wash your hands.

Anything we missed? Let us know about it.