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.
- Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide have passed 300,000 people. In the United States, 20,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Riverside County health officials announced two new cases in Riverside County on Saturday, along with one additional death from COVID-19. The total number of people dead in the county is now five:
— Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) March 21, 2020
- Canadian snowbirds in the Coachella Valley are rushing to get home.
- The Find Food Bank distributed food at First A.M.E. Church on Saturday. According to KMIR, “typically they serve about 100 families once a month, but on Saturday they were able to serve over 400 families.”
- Rick Herrick, The Mayor of Big Bear, has tested positive for COVID-19. He told the Grizzly that his symptoms have been mild and that he has been self-quarantined at home. Herrick added, “If you feel the slightest onset of illness, stay at home and call your doctor’s office. Do not go to the local emergency room without calling ahead so they can evaluate your symptoms over the phone.”
- A personal note, I worked for Herrick, as he gave a young punk a shot to do radio in his hometown over 20 years ago. He was a mentor to me and I have a lot of respect for him. I wish him a speedy recovery.
- The Governor went over what’s open and what’s closed:
– Dine-in restaurants
– Bars and nightclubs
– Entertainment venues
– Gyms and fitness studios
– Public events and gatherings
– Convention Centers
– Hair and nail salons
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 21, 2020
- The Indio Police Department has a message for students:
To our Students
Though you are out of school, make good use of your time and keep learning! Be kind to one another, help your parents & take care of each other. The Indio Police SRO’s are still on duty, but reassigned to assist our patrol staff. We are here if you need us! pic.twitter.com/EHE1DPKJIx
— Indio Police Dept (@Indiopd) March 21, 2020
- Riverside firefighters and police officials helped a 9-year-old celebrate his birthday after his party had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus:
When the State COVID order cancels your 9th birthday party we got you covered. Happy Birthday Browen Bell from your firefighters at Riverside City Fire Station 3. When things get back to normal come by the station. pic.twitter.com/e4nWsjFIOn
— City of Riverside Fire Department (@rivcafire) March 21, 2020
We couldn’t let our friends at the @rivcafire have all the attention, so we also stopped by Browen’s house to wish him a happy birthday after his party had to be canceled. Thanks for giving us a break from all this seriousness for a little fun, buddy. Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/6ciol8XhQZ
— City of Riverside Police Department (@RiversidePolice) March 21, 2020
- Joshua Tree National Park has closed its roads and will not continue many of its programs. The park is still open for cycling, hiking, and climbing.
- The Desert Sun recommends five hikes in the Coachella Valley.
- KABC went on an aerial tour of Los Angeles on Saturday. Seeing beaches, freeways, and other landmarks is startling, while also encouraging that most are doing what they are supposed to be doing: staying at home.
- But not everyone is staying at home and practicing social distancing…and it’s infuriating:
WATCH LIVE: Many people across SoCal appear to be ignoring the “Stay at Home” order as they play basketball on Venice Beach and play apparent drinking games in Manhattan Beach. Similar scenes down in Newport and Huntington beaches. https://t.co/Oz7z2WRZBy pic.twitter.com/U0tGbpQy4R
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) March 22, 2020
- Pechanga Casino in Temecula expects to be closed past March, with layoffs also anticipated.
- Voters in the 28th Senate District will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the May 12 special election. An order signed by California’s Governor also authorizes and encourages election officials to make in-person voting opportunities available on or before Election Day. Voters in the election will choose between Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, and Democrat Elizabeth Romero.
- Congressman Raul Ruiz tweeted a link to Lift to Rise’s webpage, which offers numerous resources and lots of information for residents:
Thank you, @lift_rise, for your Economic Preparation & Protection Plan, which will help keep our neighbors housed, fed, healthy, and secure. Follow the link below to find out more!https://t.co/X4J3Xgl4ve
— Raul Ruiz (@RepRaulRuizMD) March 21, 2020
- His opponent, Erin Cruz, tweeted this:
Which is it …
We are at a critical point in America. #AmericaFirst
— ERIN CRUZ FOR CALIFORNIA (CA-36) (@RealErinCruz) March 21, 2020
- The Desert Sun explains how it is dealing during the time of coronavirus, doing things live having reporters working from home, lifting he paywall on coronavirus-related stories, and starting a Facebook Group.
- Here are 8 tips for having a virtual hangout.
- The Tennis Channel will re-air last year’s BNP Paribas finals on Sunday:
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) March 22, 2020
- Speaking of the Indian Wells tournament, it has been less than two weeks since it was called off, even id that announcement feels like a world ago.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 9, 2020
- A website will tell you how much toilet paper you will need to survive the pandemic.
- You may have noticed, Cactus Hugs has chosen not to post something like a scary virus as the featured image on these posts. Today we asked for your help by supplying photos of the Coachella Valley, people doing good, and anything else you think would be appropriate and, man, did you come through. There will be many amazing pics coming in the future and we have kicked it off with a pretty stunning photo of Indio Hills submitted by Jerrysaurus Rex. Thank you all for your help and support.
- One reader shared this image of residents “practicing social distancing” at the Palm Springs Certified Farmer’s Market on Saturday:
- Some very good dogs and cats find homes yesterday. The Palm Springs Animal Shelter invites anyone looking for a quarantine companion to check out their social media channels:
Let’s keep the good news rolling!
We are thrilled to announce 12 pets found their forever homes today!
Check our website, FB, and insta to find your perfect quarantine companion. #foreverhome #quarantinecompanion pic.twitter.com/PbSxqDp8uV
— Palm Springs Animal Shelter (@PSAnimalShelter) March 19, 2020
- Eurkea! Indian Wells is still open and has a pretty incredible takeout deal available:
- Coachella Valley Brewing is the latest local brewery to offer home delivery:
32oz of liquid goodness.
Available to go in the taproom
Call to place your order for delivery 11am-4:30pm.
Delivery limited to Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and 1000Palms. *$20 Minimum *$5 Delivery Charge *Age verification required upon delivery pic.twitter.com/mGOSSKZT0i
— Coachella Valley Brewing (@CVBrewingCo) March 21, 2020
- Local dispensaries have been deemed “essential” and remain open. Some are offering specials and free delivery:
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🚙 We’ve got you covered! Free door – to – door delivery through March 2020 🚙 . In accordance with the CDC , and the City of Palm Springs, we are fortunately able to keep our doors open as an essential business during this time. In addition to our in-store services and curbside pickup (Palm Springs ONLY), we are able to continue to offer delivery services to meet your needs 💕 We wanted to eliminate any confusion about our delivery capabilities – swipe 👉🏼for a comprehensive list of cities that we can deliver to📍Cities may vary depending on dispensary location! . #delivery #covid_19 #cannabiscommunity #coachella #dispensary #palmsprings #lighthouse #livebrighter #loveislighthouse
- Here’s a guide to take-out, curbside, and delivery specials being offered by Coachella Valley restaurants.
- 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.