Coachella Valley coronavirus update | News and info for Friday, 3/20

Downtown Palm Springs Friday morning (image sent in by loyal reader, DL)

Cactus Hugs has been tracking local stories about the coronavirus.  Some links might be behind that other website’s paywall…nothing we can do about that, sorry.  For a rundown of all of our updates, click here.

  • Governor Newsom has declared a “stay at home” order for the entire state.  Details are here.  The order is for the entire state of California, nearly 40 million people, and asks for residents to stay at home and nonessential businesses to be shut down.
  • KMIR goes over what’s open and what’s closed in the Coachella Valley.
  • The Palm Springs City Council voted unanimously in favor of a two-week moratorium on eviction notices for renters who cannot pay due to the current economic environment during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The City of Palm Springs believes tax revenues for the rest of the year could plummet more than $20 million.  One official called the estimate, “disturbing.”
  • The US and Mexico will soon announce new travel restrictions along the border:

  • A local coronavirus patient spoke to KESQ.  She believes she contracted the virus in February during a women’s group meeting at a friend’s house.
  • Mother Jones looks at the number of hospital beds per resident in each US County.  Riverside County has .002 beds per resident and .011 beds per resident over the age of 65.  San Bernardino County has the same number of hospital beds per resident, but a younger average age, pushing the number of beds per resident over 65 to .017.
  • Palm Desert and La Quinta have scheduled emergency city council meetings for Friday.
  • Tax Day has been moved back a few months:

  • The ANA Inspiration golf tournament has set new dates: September 10 – 13.
  • Spotlight 29 Casino and Tortoise Rock Casino have closed.
  • It appears many in the Coachella Valley are using this time to work on some home projects and, when they are done, if they could swing by my pad, hang a door, and a install a new faucet, that would be great:

  • Walmart is hiring and it is giving its current employees some bonuses.
  • Marijuana sales are surging.
  • Palm Springs pot shops have been labeled “essential” and will be allowed to continue to operate.
  • Burger King will offer two free kid’s meals for every adult meal that’s ordered on their app or online starting on Monday.
  • This was the scene during early shopping hours for seniors at a desert grocery store Friday morning:

  • California is now allowing restaurants to sell cocktails to-go:

  • The Beer Hunter appears to have made everything in their inventory available:

  • Breweries around the country, including those in the Coachella Valley, are encouraging a “nationwide cheers” at 5 pm today.  Desert Beer Company is taking orders online.  Coachella Valley Brewing is offering beer to-go.  La Quinta Brewing is doing the same and will even deliver.

  • Here’s a guide to take-out, curbside, and delivery specials being offered by Coachella Valley restaurants.
  • Happy Friday.  It is Friday right?  How does anyone know the days anymore??

Important information:

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.