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.
- Riverside County confirmed three more positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. The total number of infected is now 48. There have been six deaths in the county.
#Coronavirus update: We can confirm 3 new #COVID-19 related cases, bringing the total to 48 cases in Riverside County. Visit https://t.co/B0PcBKTHe0 for more information as we have it. #rivconow #ruhealth
— Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) March 23, 2020
- San Bernardino County has confirmed 17 total cases of COVID-19. There have not been any reported deaths.
- The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced on Monday afternoon that a deputy has tested positive for COVID-19. The department says the deputy is resting at home and “experiencing flu like symptoms.”
SBCSD Employee Tests Positive for COVID -19 https://t.co/TvmtgCNrIX
— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) March 23, 2020
- A new study shows the coronavirus may last for as long as three days on some surfaces.
- A Boston woman’s bill for coronavirus testing and treatment: over $34,000.
- During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Donald Trump signaled he may soon end the shutdown, despite advice from “the doctors.”
Trump complains, "If it were up to the doctors, they might say 'let's keep it shut down, let's shut down for the entire world'." He adds that "you can't do that" with the US economy, the "#1 economy in the world." pic.twitter.com/YJgiyNKmIz
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) March 23, 2020
- The Mayor of Palm Springs has had it with people not staying home:
- Senators are still taking their sweet ass time to pass a bill to give the people who voted for them financial relief.
- The shutdown has apparently led to much less crime in Southern California.
- Some local golf courses remain open while many have closed. The Director of Golf for Palm Desert Country Club told the Desert Sun, “The governor, he made it clear, all non-essential need to go, and golf courses are not on that essential list.” Makes sense to most, anyway.
- The Desert Sun reminds that inviting friends over for game nights and dinner parties kind of defeats the whole point of the stay at home order.
- Tourists are *sigh* still flooding into Joshua Tree.
- The Governor has closed the parking lots at state parks.
- Mission Springs Water District’s board declared a local emergency. As water and sewer services are deemed an essential service, MSWD stated ina news release that they will remain open, the customer service team will be available to assist payment plans, and that there will be no shutoffs until further notice.
Augustine Casino donated nearly 3,000 lbs. of food to Martha’s Village and Kitchen after the casino closed its doors to the public last week. “The Tribe graciously chose to see the silver lining during this time of distress throughout our community,” said Jef Bauer, Augustine general manager in a statement.
- Veteran journalist Janet Dagley guest posted for Cactus Hugs about the numerous ways to stay informed and entertained during this time using local online libraries and apps.
- It appears the locals are buying a lot of cannabis products these days.
- The deadline to get your Real ID has been pushed back.
- You’re going to have to wait at least another year to watch sports you normally don’t watch.
- A reminder: A local desert Facebook Group, Coachella Valley Mask Makers, are asking for volunteers to help make medical masks for local healthcare workers. They have announced pickup and drop-off times at two Palm Desert parks for this week:
- The lines at the Starbucks drive thru in Rancho Mirage is very long.
- Instacart plans to hire over 300,000 people.
- Here’s how KESQ’s Haley Clawson is providing your weather forecast these days:
This is my WFH setup. Are you working from home too? How have you had to make adjustments? Share a picture of your new “office”. pic.twitter.com/wn30DJcJiW
— Haley Clawson KESQ (@KESQHaley) March 23, 2020
- Unfortunately, local firefighters are unable to take your food donations:
Unfortunately, due to health reasons, we are unable to accept any donated food items during the COVID-19 outbreak. We appreciate you all and look forward to enjoying your donated treats again in the near future when this is all over #yourpalmspringsfiredepartment pic.twitter.com/NQnuJNYlta
— Palm Springs Fire Department (@PalmSpringsFire) March 23, 2020
- Restaurants are encouraging people to participate in the #TheGreatAmericanTakeout on Tuesday by ordering takeout meals from local restaurants or getting delivery.
- Here’s a guide to take-out, curbside, and delivery specials being offered by Coachella Valley restaurants.
- 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.
- 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.
— Eisenhower Health (@EisenhowerHeal) March 9, 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.