Riverside County health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential travel to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again.
Health officials continue to stress that frequent hand washing, social distancing and staying home are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
California Hotline – 833-544-2374
In coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. For example, the 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.
Appointment times are discussed when residents call the toll-free number at 800-945-6171. Residents must have symptoms to make an appointment, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or congestion. Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. The testing is at the fairgrounds, in parking lots 5 and 5A off of Arabia Street (between Highway 111 and Dr. Carreon Boulevard). The drive-up site runs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Eisenhower Health Coronavirus Hotline – 760-837-8988
St Teresa’s Food Bank
2900 Ramon Rd., Palm Springs
Monday and Tuesday 6 AM – Noon
FIND R2 Mobile Market Distribution @ Presbyterian Church
38088 Chuperosa Ln. Cathedral City, CA
1st and 3rd Saturdays – 10:00am – 1:00pm
FIND R2 Mobile Market Distribution @ Agua Caliente Elementary School
30800 San Luis Rey Dr. – Cathedral City, CA
2nd and 4th Tuesdays – Noon – 2pm
35-688 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Ste 101
Cathedral City, CA 92234 – (760) 992-429
1st Saturday of the month – 10 am-11 am
Salvation Army – CATHEDRAL CITY RESIDENTS ONLY
30-400 Landau Blvd – Cathedral City, CA 92234
Emergency Boxes M – F – 9 am – 5 pm
USDA 1st & 3rd Tuesdays- 9 am – 11 am
Calvary Bible Church
68-550 Dinah Shore Dr. -Cathedral City, CA 92234
Contact Frank Noriega – (760) 534-4719 or (760) 808-1091
Emergency Food – Wed 1:00pm-2:30pm – Sat 8AM-9:30AM
USDA 2ND Saturday of the month 8 – 9:30 am
Well in the Desert – https://www.wellinthedesert.org/food-program
181 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 – (760) 656-8905
Saturdays 6:00 – 7:00AM and 10:00 – 11:00AM
Grocery Stores With Senior Shopping Hours
Heaven Heights offers free grocery delivery to senior citizens
Instacart Shopping and delivery service – Fees Apply Instacart.com
NOTE: Most Groceries offer online ordering for Pickup
Agencies Providing Assistance
Jewish Family Services of Desert has Telecare!
Let JFS be there for you during the COVID-19 crisis. Telecare means that you can receive counseling and financial assistance from your own home. You can receive telecare via your phone or your computer.
Call 760-325-4088 and leave a message or new clients can schedule an appointment with a therapist by – emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current clients can schedule an appointment with a therapist by emailing: email@example.com
Senior Advocates of the Desert – Call M-F 9-5
P.O. Box 2827
Cathedral City, CA 92235-2827
Telephone (760) 202-1024 – www.saotd.org
The Office on Aging provides 27 different programs and services. All programs and services are free to those who meet the minimum qualifications for each program. Call today to learn more and to see if you qualify 1-800-510-2020 or visit rcaging.org.
- Grab-and-Go Meals: Up to seven to 14 days of cooked and frozen meals ready for pick up
- Courtesy Pantry: Two weeks supply of food delivered within five to seven days
- Home-Delivered Meals: Up to seven to 14 days of delivered food with no contact for vulnerable adults
- Emergency Meals: Up to three days of immediate food delivered to fragile adults and seniors
- NEW! Great Plates Delivered Program – Home Meals for Seniors: If you are an individual with a high-risk condition you may be eligible for the Great Plates Delivered home meal program. Please complete this ELIGIBILITY SCREENING FORM. All who qualify will receive restaurant delivery information soon thereafter.
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Riverside Legal Aid
Free legal services- eviction and housing, guardianships, debt collection, etc.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Public can submit reports online or call for deputy assistance. Their lobby is closed but there’s a red phone outside the door that contacts dispatch directly
Home Connect Resource Line
For anyone experiencing homelessness, on the verge of homelessness, or struggling with housing
Lift To Rise
Emergency cash relief and connections to public assistance and emergency resources
Beware of Offers to Test for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Seniors should never give their Medicare number to anyone over the phone or door-to-door solicitors offering to test for the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
- Scammers approaching residents of senior housing and assisted living facilities about “opportunities” for COVID-19 testing
- Robocalls about “special virus kits” and asking for your Medicare number to send a “free” test
- Emails offering COVID-19 testing services that can be ordered through a telehealth provider.
For additional information on healthcare fraud visit www.cahealthadvocates.org