Coachella Valley coronavirus update | News and info for Tuesday morning, 3/24

Railroad tracks on the north side of Salton Sea (ūüďł: Mark Noriega)

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.
  • San Bernardino County has confirmed 17 total cases of COVID-19.¬† There have not been any reported deaths.
  • There have been 2,246 confirmed cases in California and 42 confirmed deaths in the state.
  • The co-founder of Instagram has started a data-driven website with lots of stats and info about the spread of coronavirus:

  • There has been a steep rise in people being hospitalized with coronavirus in LA County.¬† Experts believe this wave of extremely sick patients could overwhelm hospitals in the coming weeks.
  • On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California needs 50,000 additional hospital beds to meet an expected surge of COVID-19 patients. Even with those added beds, the state would still be 17,000 beds short.¬† ¬†The Governor also said that social distancing measures might last another two to three months. ¬†“It’s going to take a heroic effort,” Newsom exclaimed.
  • Donald Trump is stating that he would like businesses to open up again, but he will keep be sure to keep a loving eye on your grandma for you:

  • The call to reopen businesses comes after the shut down of six of Trump’s top seven revenue-producing clubs and hotels, which will likely cost Trump‚Äôs company millions of dollars in revenue, reports the Washington Post.
  • Meanwhile, the Senate still hasn’t passed a bill to provide you financial help during all this.¬† But, they say they are close.
  • Riverside County will soon open the doors of hotels and motels for the homeless during the pandemic.
  • The City of La Quinta donated 1,500 N95 masks and coveralls that were being stored in their emergency operations center to Desert Regional Medical Center.¬† They then challenged other cities to do the same.
  • The City of Palm Springs has placed a ban on all vacation rentals and hotel stays for anyone unless it’s being used for critical infrastructure workforce or is being used¬† as part of the COVID-19 response.
  • Rancho Mirage has placed a temporary moratorium on all Short-Term Rentals in the city.
  • All jury trials in the state of California have been suspended for 60 days.
  • This was the scene at the Palm Desert Costco this morning:

  • A local singer is posted on social media over the weekend that he would come to your home and sing curbside (at a safe social distance). As the Desert Sun reports, he ended up performing for 22 residences singing songs like ¬†Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Dean Martin’s ¬†“That’s Amore.”

It's time to spread some positivity across the Coachella Valley!Introducing Curb-side Song Delivery!! On Sunday…

Posted by Chris Lomeli Sounds on Friday, March 20, 2020

  • Reminder: 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.
  • An Arizona man died and his wife was is in the hospital after health officials say they self-medicated using a fish tank additive that has the same active ingredient as an anti-malaria drug promoted by the president.
  • There seems to have been quite a lot of interest to help a local Facebook group make masks for healthcare workers

Thank you for the terrific turnout at Freedom Park this afternoon. We handed out our first 100 mask-making kits in the…

Posted by Coachella Valley Mask Makers on Monday, March 23, 2020

  • Augustine Casino says that employees will continue to receive compensation and benefits while the casino is closed.

  • The last few days have been hard on The Sandwich Spot in Palm Springs.¬† Half the staff has been laid off (with hopes to rehire again), but the restaurant is still open and offering deliveries.
  • Restaurants are encouraging people to participate in the #TheGreatAmericanTakeout today by ordering takeout meals from local restaurants or getting delivery.
  • Here‚Äôs a guide to take-out, curbside, and delivery specials being offered by Coachella Valley restaurants.

Important information:

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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