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18 Mar 2020

Get Your Questions Answered Here; Donations of Rubbing Alcohol Needed—Coachella Valley Independent Daily Digest: March 18, 2020

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I’ve written about five different intros in my head so far for this Daily Digest … but instead, I am going to get straight to the point, because we all have a very cool opportunity—to get our questions about this virus, and the resulting societal chaos, answered by a local doctor who is scary-smart and really cool.

I’ve been asked to join my friends Shann Carr, John Taylor and Brad Fuhr tomorrow morning to record the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast (via Google Hangout, with all of us at our own homes, thank you very much), with special guest Dr. Laura Rush. She’s a physician with Kaiser Permanente, where sees all patients of all ages, but focuses on HIV, gay, lesbian, and transgender health care. Before she became a doctor, she worked as a financial journalist on Wall Street for a decade, and as a writer, editor and producer covering Internet technology, biotechnology and stem cell research.

In other words … she’s smart; she’s local; and she knows a lot about COVID-19, how it’s affecting the Coachella Valley, and how it may affect us to come.

If you have a question you’d like us to ask Dr. Rush, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.—today/tonight (Wednesday) if possible, or first thing in the morning, before 8 a.m. We’ll ask as many as we can, and the answers will be shared on the next I Love Gay Palm Springs podcast—coming out tomorrow or, at the latest, Friday.

Now, on with the news:

Checks from the feds are probably coming soon.

Most supermarkets and stores are now opening one hour early for senior customers. If you’re not sure if your local market is, call ’em.

If you have an extra bottle or two of rubbing alcohol, this came in from the Greater Palm Springs CVB: “We have received a request for rubbing alcohol from the medical community. There is not currently a shortage, however, the medical community is being proactive and your help is greatly appreciated. If you have rubbing alcohol available to donate, please call 760-899-3279 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule pickup, or you can drop it off at the CVB Office, 70100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

• There are several lists of restaurants being gathered by local chambers of commerce and others listing restaurants that are open for delivery or takeout. Here’s one from the aforementioned Greater Palm Springs CVB. Check local chambers of commerce websites and Facebook pages for more.

While Palm Springs has ordered “non-essential businesses” to close, that’s not the case in other valley cities. Check the websites or Facebook pages of the various cities to see what’s what. I’d take the time to put together a list, and then it would change, and that list would be worthless … so go directly to the source.

• Current as of yesterday: Here’s what’s going on with local courts, according to the Desert Bar Association.

• The Palm Springs Library is doing a very awesome thing. From a news release that just came in: To make access to all of the Library’s digital resources more easily available to Palm Springs and Coachella Valley residents, including those who do not currently have a library card, the Library is offering a temporary digital card, valid for 90 days. To sign up for a temporary digital card, residents can visit PalmSpringsLibrary.org; click "My Account"; and click on the link at the top of the screen that says “click here to register now.” The digital card provides users access to all of the Library’s digital offerings, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, TV, music, homework help, online classes, and more. Visit https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/library for more.

• You can also stream Broadway shows and other fantastic recorded performances online.

• Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D., is having a telephone town hall with constituents tomorrow at 10 a.m. Details here

• Sort of a repeat post, but important: Ralph’s, Costco and other stores are hiring. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/ralphs-hiring-after-coronavirus-craze-cleans-out-supermarkets/2329329/

• If you’re not a fan of the amazing Bon Appetit Test Kitchen videos on YouTube … you’re really missing out. And if your are a fan, and you’re panicked that this pandemic may stop the flow of goodness coming from Claire, Delaney and the rest … calm down. I can’t find a link, so here’s an excerpt from the note, emailed from editor Adam Rapoport: “I’ll answer the question that so many of you on Twitter and Reddit have fretted about—yes the BA YouTube channel will carry on. We have a month’s worth of videos, already shot in the BA Kitchen, in the pipeline. They just need editing. But we will also lean into the reality that we all face—holed up in our homes, cooking every single day. Our test kitchen editors—Andy, Sohla, Molly, Chris, et al—have all been provided with tripods and mics to shoot DIY cooking videos on their iPhones. That means you’ll not only get to check out their home kitchens, but also meet some pets, and perhaps a toddler or spouse or two.” Thank goodness.

I could list a bazillion other things, but that’s enough for now. Send me your questions for Dr. Rush. Wash your hands. And please don’t flush your disinfectant wipes down the toilet.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Sharon Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:52 posted by Sharon

    Ralphs is not accepting any delivery or pickup orders online. I have been trying for 2 days.

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