Cactus Hugs has been tracking local stories about the coronavirus. Some links might be behind that website’s paywall…nothing we can do about that, sorry. For a rundown of all of our updates, click here.
- The total number of locally-acquired cases of coronavirus in the Coachella Valley reached 8 on Thursday.
- KMIR reports a student at Gerald Ford elementary school is quarantined after being exposed to the coronavirus.
- Three marines in Twentynine Palms are quarantined, awaiting test results for the coronavirus.
- While local schools continue to be in session, local school districts have cancelled athletics, field trips, events, and travel for staff for the foreseeable future.
- College of the Desert has also cancelled all sports for the rest of the season.
- Big events at local casinos have been called off, though smaller functions (such as the Improv at Fantasy Springs Casino) will continue to take place.
- Augustine Casino has temporarily closed their buffet.
- Fashion Week El Paseo was called off.
- Costco in La Quinta saw gigantic crowds on Thursday:
- Meanwhile, shoppers at the Rancho Mirage Costco are arriving to find the store is out of stock of one particular item:
- The FIND Food Bank is seeing an increased demand for food assistance and is need of volunteers and donations.
- The McCallum Theater has cancelled all shows through April.
- Sunnylands has closed for the foreseeable future.
- The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is closed through at least the end of March.
- The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert will close until at least March 28.
- The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens remains open and is monitoring the situation.
- 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.
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