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.
- Three new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Coachella Valley, bringing the total number of those infected to 11.
- All schools in Riverside County have been ordered to close for three weeks from Monday, March 16 through April, 6.
- The city of San Bernardino done the same:
— Leticia Juarez (@ABC7Leticia) March 13, 2020
- The local blood bank is struggling to get donations due to blood drives being cancelled. Their donation centers remain open. If you have time this weekend, consider donating.
With recent closures of many schools and businesses we are struggling to collect enough blood for our patients. In fact, in the past 5 days over 20 drives have been canceled which represent nearly 2,500 units of blood. Donating blood is safe. Give blood. https://t.co/RXeAM8wls9. pic.twitter.com/DgAcIuU0XT
— LifeStream (@lifestreamblood) March 13, 2020
- The Palm Springs library has closed indefinitely.
- Prep coaches and players are still stunned their seasons are over and many are questioning what’s next.
- You are probably not going to find any toilet paper out there:
So… like… is that a no on toilet paper? pic.twitter.com/hBeuRhop6G
— Greg Lee (@GregLeeKTVU) March 13, 2020
— Keith Gaudet (@gaudetkeith1) March 12, 2020
Palm Springs, CA Ralph's grocery store ran out of toilet paper and sanitizer. Won't have it till next the following Thursday. I don't get it, why the toilet paper? pic.twitter.com/XdqnANs7Up
— DrSirga the Lioness MEOW (@onionisfinished) March 12, 2020
- Some businesses in downtown Palm Springs are already seeing a drop in sales and are cutting back the hours of staff.
- Why are events with over 250 people being cancelled? NBC San Diego has an explainer.
- Costco remains insanely crowded:
— Madison Weil (@MadiKESQ) March 13, 2020
- The United Way of the Desert has assembled a nice list of information and resources available during the coronavirus here.
- And to round things out, something not related to the coronavirus. Look at this waterfall near Palm Springs!
This waterfall just east Snow Creek village can be seen from miles away and is several hundred feet tall, I think. I tried to hike close to it as well as drone it today (failed) It's too remote and in closed airspace. Anyone know name of this huge waterfall near Palm Springs? pic.twitter.com/g3S9NWuy1j
— jay calderon (@jaymcalderon) March 13, 2020
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.