• Mecca Testing Site Plagued with Problems

    A disconnected phone ring is what Meregildo Ortiz received after calling the phone line and attempting several times to make an appointment to test for COVID-19. “I don’t have any symptoms, but i’m doing it for mine and my family’s protection. I work out in the fields everyday so I want to be sure, but […]

  • Indio City Council in Conflict with Protection Plan for Renters Past-Rent

    Governor Gavin Newsom put in place a ban on all evictions for people affected by COVID-19, but on May 31’st, that ban will expire. Maria galvez who lives at a mobile home park has been living paycheck to paycheck. Since the pandemic Galvez has temporarily lost her job and those checks have stopped coming. Now […]

  • Greatest Number of COVID-19 Cases in Eastern Coachella Valley

    The eastern Coachella Valley has the greatest number of coronavirus cases. Indio leads with 138 cases and Coachella is close behind with 123 confirmed cases. The alarming number of cases has caused fear to those living in these areas.  “We are all very sad and scared,” said Armando Chavez, who’s lived in Coachella for more […]

  • Eastern Coachella Families Looking for Food Assistance Triples

    Nearly 700 food baskets were given out at Galilee Center’s food distribution this Thursday. However not every family went home with food as the number of families looking for assistance was triple that number. A line of vehicles formed along Hammond Rd. in Mecca and was estimated to reach the North Shore community, which is […]

  • Locally Owned Pharmacies Struggle with Demand

    As pharmacy staff are scrambling to fulfill prescriptions for patients, their focus is on the high demand for medication and over-the-counter drugs. The system is backlogged and patients are now having to wait longer for common medication.  Susy Del Toro, one of La Botica Health Mart’s pharmacists, has had to close the entire location during […]

  • With Business Sinking, Nail Salon turns to Face-Mask Making

    What was a local nail salon just a couple weeks ago is now a closed business that’s lending a helping hand to front-line medical workers who are dealing with a massive shortage of protective gear as they combat this deadly pandemic. The business has workers from the nail salon making masks that will be donated […]

  • New Bilingual Hotline Helps Valley Residents During Global Pandemic

    Indio’s bilingual hotline has only been in use for two days and the operators have already helped connect more than 200 people with resources and information.  Joshua Bbonner, who is the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, organized the hotline as a way to continue serving the community in the valley. “There’s no sort of […]

  • Eastern Coachella Valley may be more Susceptible to Coronavirus Cases

    For families in the far Eastern Coachella Valley, complications from coronavirus could be much more dangerous.  Rebecca Zaragoza, who grew up in Thermal and has been advocating for social and environmental justice in these unincorporated areas, said “There are other health issues that make them even more vulnerable right now with the coronavirus.” Many children […]

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