Coachella Valley coronavirus update | News and info for Sunday, 3/22

The sun rises over Twentynine Palms on 3/21 (📸: Cora Heiser)

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.
  • The number of undetected cases of COVID-19 is 11 times more than has been officially reported, according to estimates from researchers at Columbia University.  Their analysis offers a stark warning: even if the United States cuts its rate of transmission in half, which would be a tough order, 650,000 people may still become infected over the next two months.
  • The New York Times shows how the virus spread.
  • During a press conference on Saturday, Governor Newsom said the state has about 21 million masks in reserves and distributed about 10 million masks in the last week.  We’ve got millions more,” he said. “We’re going to get them out into our system as quickly as possible.”  The state is also receiving supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile and has put in a request with the federal government for 20 million N95 masks, 10 million surgical masks, 10,000 ventilators and 2 million swabs and 200,000 RNA extraction kits used for testing.
  • A local group of people are asking for volunteers to help make medical masks for local healthcare workers. They have created a video (below) and a Facebook group.  They will also deliver the pattern and supplies and pick up the masks when completed.

Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: Why are we making masks?A: There is a shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment)…

Posted by Coachella Valley Mask Makers on Friday, March 20, 2020

  • The Mayor of Big Bear, who announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for coronavirus, explains that he was washing his hands, using sanitizer, and wiping things down, but still contracted the virus.  He says he wants to use himself as an example to let residents of the mountain community and everywhere know that you “have to take this very seriously.”

  • And while many around the state are practicing social distancing and staying home, others are not:

  • The Hallmark Channel is also back in the Holiday spirit:

  • Coachella Valley Beer Scene goes over how to brew your own beer now that you are isolating in your home and practicing social distancing.
  • Here’s a guide to take-out, curbside, and delivery specials being offered by Coachella Valley restaurants.

Important 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.

These are scary and anxious times.  Be safe and kind to each other out there and, please, remember to wash your hands.

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