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August 13, 2020

Community Update

By Chris Parman, Communications & Events Manager

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If these were normal times like those prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this update would be about the wonderful upcoming special events for Cathedral City.  It would be a time to let you know of the amazing entertainment for the Tejano Music Fest, the number of pieces of candy to be given out at Halloween Spooktacular, and/or the excitement building for the annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival.  If these were normal times.

 

Like other entertainment festivals and venues throughout the nation, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to cancel all special events through spring 2021 for the health and safety of our residents and visitors.  These steps are necessary to slow the spread of a highly contagious virus that is transmitted from person to person by someone simply speaking, singing, coughing and/or sneezing.  When an infected person speaks to another person, the virus is transmitted in miniscule water droplets and breathed in by the non-infected person, thereby infecting them.  Most people infected with the coronavirus experience mild to moderate flu like symptoms.  However, a certain percentage will be severely impacted by COVID-19 leading some to develop pneumonia or other serious conditions, which can be fatal.

 

More than 5 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus over the last six months and nearly 170,000 have died from the disease.  In Cathedral City, more than 1,500 residents have contracted COVID-19 and 25 residents have died.  Most of those deaths have occurred most recently.  Prior to July 1st, four residents had passed away, but since July 1st, 21 residents have died as the virus is spreading faster now than before.

 

We are not powerless against this pandemic.  Each of us can do our part so that we can navigate through these times until a vaccine or treatment is made readily available.  The City of Cathedral City, led by Mayor John Aguilar, implemented a pandemic prevention campaign called, “Mask Up to Protect Your Family” which informs residents about the preventative measures to literally protect your family and others.  These preventative measures are:

• Cover your face when around anyone outside of your immediate household

• Social distance between others outside of your household by at least 6 feet

• Wash your hands often and especially before eating and drinking

• Don’t touch your face except with clean or sanitized hands

• Disinfect items or surfaces touched often such as your smartphone or tablet

• Sneeze or cough into a tissue if possible or an elbow if you lack a tissue

• Stay home when not out for essential items such as getting food, medicine, etc.

 

If we all practiced these preventative tips, U.C. Davis medical experts believe we can slow this virus by more than 65%.  That can possibly save your life or the life of a family member.

 

We know from history that we will get through these global pandemics together and return to doing activities as we did before, perhaps a little differently.  However, I look forward to writing in the future about our great festivals and events that bring neighbors and visitors together to connect, enjoy, and culturally enrich our collective lives.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

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By the Numbers:

As of August 13, 2020, Cathedral City had a total of 1,603 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 26 reported deaths.  Other Coachella Valley cities are reporting the following:

Coachella          2,166 cases, 21 deaths

Desert Hot Springs  917 cases, 20 deaths

Indian Wells       42 cases, 2 death

Indio      3,018 cases, 64 deaths

La Quinta             659 cases. 16 deaths

Palm Desert       858 cases, 47 deaths

Palm Springs      872 cases, 40 deaths

Rancho Mirage  212 cases, 17 deaths

 

Riverside County has reported 44,679 COVID-19 cases, 879 deaths, and 23,287 recovered cases. 

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NEWS

Qualified Candidates Running for City Council Districts 1 and 2

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On November 3, 2020, residents living in City Council Districts 1 and 2 will vote for their representative to serve on the city council for the next four years.   In District 1, the qualified candidates are City Councilmember Rita Lamb who is seeking re-election and Alan Carvalho.   In District 2, the qualified candidates are J.R. Corrales and Nancy …

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Vote-By-Mail Ballots Coming for the November 3rd General Election

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On June 3, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-67-20 that calls for an all Vote-By-Mail election for the November 3rd General Election.  This means that all registered voters will receive their ballot in the mail in order to avoid long lines at polling places as we continue dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some key guidelines include:   All ballots …

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Video Update on Major Projects in Cathedral City

Video Update on Major Projects in Cathedral City

As most of us are staying home during the pandemic, we may have not noticed the major projects that are still moving forward in Cathedral City.  Watch this Economic Development Update video hosted by CCTV’s Conrad Angel Corral as he explores these projects with Economic Development Director Stone James.   In this video, Mayor John Aguilar interviews Agua Caliente – …

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Residential Eviction Moratorium in Cathedral City Continues through September 30th

Residential Eviction Moratorium in Cathedral City Continues through September 30th

Although federal restrictions for residential evictions under the C.A.R.E.S. Act expired towards the end of July; the residential eviction moratorium continues in Cathedral City until September 30, 2020 as Cathedral City passed Emergency Ordinance No. 837.  The emergency ordinance offers a defense in court to any tenant who faces eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tenants must demonstrate that they …

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Cathedral City Senior Center Offering Virtual Programming to All

Cathedral City Senior Center Offering Virtual Programming to All

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep the Cathedral City Senior Center closed to the public; however, they are offering many daily programs online that you can participate in, learn, and have fun.  Simply go to its Facebook page or website at www.TheCCSC.org and choose from a list of activities available online.  The Center is offering videos and online classes about …

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EVENTS

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Virtual "City Hall at Your Corner"

Virtual "City Hall at Your Corner"

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in the community, it is necessary to conduct this month’s “City Hall at Your Corner” – virtually.  Please Join Councilmembers Rita Lamb and Mark Carnevale for an informal discussion of issues of importance in Cathedral City.   This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 …  Read more.

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Cathedral City Postpones Special Events Until Further Notice

Cathedral City Postpones Special Events Until Further Notice

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order (PDF) and Public Health Order (PDF) directed all Californians to stay home except to go to an essential job or to shop for essential needs.

The City of Cathedral City will suspend all special events until further notice.

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For Questions or Comments, Contact Chris Parman, Communications and Events Manager
cparman@cathedralcity.gov