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

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.

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  • Health officials announced a fourth death in the county from coronavirus on Friday, along with six new confirmed cases. The total number of those infected in Riverside County is now 28.

  • San Bernardino County reported four news cases to bring the county total to nine.  There have been no reported fatalities in San Bernardino County.

  • There is a lot of confusion over what businesses should stay open and which should close.  Riverside County officials have a list of the places and jobs deemed “essential.”
  • The U.S. / Mexico border is closing to non-essential travel.
  • Congressman Raul Ruiz is calling for an operational “strike team” to prepare for a potential surge of coronavirus patients in Riverside County.  The proposed three-person team would quick testing, optimize supply chains, and discharge patients as quickly as possible.
  • Ruiz’s opponent in the fall election took time to call out Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Twitter:

  • A local, 83-year-old woman who clams she had coronavirus, told the Desert Sun that show is recovering and “feels fantastic.”
  • The FDA warns to stay away from unapproved, at-home coronavirus tests.
  • I need to just take quick moment to say thank you to all of the first-responders, medical professionals, and so many others who are doing all they can to keep us safe and healthy during these scary, crazy times.  I can’t do it now, but I swear to God, I am going to buy so many drinks and hug the shit out of you people when this pandemic is over.

  • Celebrities and musicians across the country are offering up quarantine live-streams, including some musicians in the Coachella Valley.
  • The Desert’s UFC hometown hero asks you to be safe and stay at home:

  • The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released a message asking everyone to do their part, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, and to stay at home as much as possible:

  • While many cut staff, some companies are hiring right now including Domino’s, Walmart, and Amazon.
  • The Desert Sun looked into what local golf courses are still open.
  • A lot of people have been adopting pets from shelters:

  • Knott’s Berry Farm will now be closed until at least mid-May.
  • Two members of the Los Angeles Rams donated $500,000 to fund two million meals for LA residents in need.
  • Cardenas and Ralph’s have joined other grocery stores with special hours for seniors and disabled shoppers.
  • 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.



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