Coachella Valley coronavirus news and info | Tuesday, 3/31

(📸: Will Durazo)

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.

As of 2 pm Monday, Riverside County officials have confirmed 291 people have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 9 reported deaths in the county.

As of 8:30 am Monday, San Bernardino County has confirmed 111 cases of COVID-19.  There has been 3 deaths in San Bernardino County.

As of 11:17 pm Monday, there have been 7,426 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California.  There have been 149 deaths in the state.

The coronavirus has now claimed over 3,000 lives in the United States — more than the number of people who died in the initial Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Staying at home and social distancing appear to be helping flatten the curve.

Governor Gavin Newsom appeared on The Daily Show and discussed he state’s need for ventilators, how they are working to avoid outbreaks in California’s prisons, and other aspects of managing the coronavirus pandemic:

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has has been diagnosed with coronavirus:

Riverside County has opened a third drive-up testing site in the City of Riverside:

15 San Bernardino County firefighters are in quarantine after two tested positive for coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit day laborers especially hard.

The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services has reopened its Desert Hot Springs Office after it was closed last week to be sanitized:

A Palm Desert neighborhood threw a social distancing block party.

Drive-In churches are now a thing.

Candidates running for office in Southern California aren’t sure how to campaign and fundraise these days.

Some on the internet are calling today “Quarantine-o-Ween” and wearing costumes and putting up Halloween decorations

You can get a free taco today:

That’s all for this morning.  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.