On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, amid the coronavirus outbreak, some customers had been grew to develop into away at the Vons in Palm Springs off Highway 111. They reserved the first two hours for seniors most effective.

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Due to growing public health considerations about the rapidly spreading coronavirus, Coachella Valley cities are taking precautions to give protection to the area’s increased-risk populations.

The metropolis of Palm Springs has taken the most drastic measure, issuing a shelter in place declare for its residents. 

Meanwhile, several other cities in the valley have yet to declare a local emergency, though they are following emergency guidelines from Riverside County’s public health officer and the state, limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer. 

Here is the place each metropolis in the Coachella Valley stands on emergency orders, as of Wednesday morning: 

Barren region Hot Springs: The metropolis council declared a local emergency during a special meeting on Wednesday. It reinforces Riverside County’s recommendation that people now not gather in teams of extra than 10 but stops wanting ordering residents shelter in place and restaurants to operate as take-out most effective, care for the metropolis of Palm Springs. 

Palm Springs:An emergency declare advising all residents to shelter in place is in enact via at least April 2, when the general public health risk will probably be re-evaluated. Residents are advised to restrict activities to most effective these essential to their daily lives. Restaurants will no longer be able to abet dine-in customers, although takeout and delivery can continue. The declare excludes a checklist of 21 essential businesses that are allowed to stay begin during the shelter-in-place declare. That checklist can be found on the metropolis’s online page, 

La Quinta: The metropolis council has declared a state of emergency, but bars, restaurants and other businesses have now not been asked to shut. Restaurants are encouraged to offer take-out and curbside pickup. No extra than 10 people will probably be allowed in an area, following the mandates of the state and Riverside County public health officer. Metropolis Hall closed on Wednesday after a visitor came in for an appointment visibly ailing. 

Palm Barren region: A local emergency has been declared, closing Metropolis Hall and other municipal facilities via at least April 3. Other folks that need to behavior business with the metropolis are being directed to the metropolis’s online page, 

Indio: The metropolis issued a proclamation of a local emergency, which is expected to be ratified by the metropolis council at its meeting on Wednesday. “This local proclamation will enhance the Metropolis’s planning and response efforts, and is a signal to the community that the Metropolis is prepared to mobilize local resources, coordinate interagency response, and exhaust mutual aid in the match the COVID-19 virus has been introduced to the immediate area,” reads an update on the metropolis’s online page. 


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Rancho Mirage: Metropolis Hall is closed to the general public, however the lobby will stay begin during regular business hours for ballot tumble offs. Other folks with business with the metropolis are asked to communicate by cellular telephone or email. Diversified metropolis facilities, including the library, observatory and canine park, will probably be closed and metropolis-sponsored occasions will probably be cancelled via at least April 30. The council chambers are gentle begin to the general public for council meetings. 

Indian Wells:Metropolis Hall is closed to the general public via April 6. Metropolis companies and products are available by cellular telephone, email and via the online page, and a “very small” alternative of in-person appointments, according to the metropolis online page. 

Coachella: The Senior Center has closed until at least April 6, and community occasions have been canceled. Metropolis places of work remain begin during normal business hours. The metropolis is encouraging residents to avoid non-essential gatherings to assist gradual the spread of the coronavirus, but no emergency declare is in place at this time. 


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Riverside County now has a total of 16 coronavirus cases. Of the three confirmed deaths — two men and one woman — all had been Coachella Valley residents in their 70s and two had underlying health conditions, according to county spokesperson Brooke Federico. One in every of the three had fair lately resided at a knowledgeable nursing facility in Rancho Mirage, she said.

Neighboring San Bernardino County has three reported cases.

Risa Johnson covers Native American affairs in the Coachella Valley and beyond. She can be reached at or (760) 778-4737. Practice her on Twitter @risamjohnson. 

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