March 19 Coronavirus Update from Supervisor V. Manuel Perez

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Mar 19

March 19 Coronavirus Update from Supervisor V. Manuel Perez

Dear Fourth District and Riverside County residents,

As we approach the weekend, this is a crucial time to shift our mindset and our actions from “ social distancing” to a more proactive exercise of staying home as much as possible.  Staying home as much as possible will save the lives of yourself and your loved ones, especially if you are 65 or older.

We have seen the growth of the community spread of coronavirus in Riverside County, especially in the Coachella Valley and now with cases in western Riverside County.  As public health officials learn more about this disease, they are finding that people who may appear well and healthy and without symptoms can be unknowingly carrying this virus and infecting others.  We have a vulnerable, high risk population.  We also understand the dire potential of our medical system getting overstretched and unable to care for everyone needing medical care.

Thus, it is imperative that we do more than mere “social distancing.”   Although I support the decisions from local cities and jurisdictions, we need to stay home as much as possible.

Staying home as much as possible means not looking at this weekend as an opportunity to go out, run errands and visit friends.  It means to stay home and avoid going to places where there are groups close together.  The City of Palm Springs has enacted the first local “ shelter-in-place” policy that prohibits non-essential activities, while still allowing for its citizens to make essential trips to get food, medications and supplies to stay at home, or go to a workplace that carries out essential functions.  We all need to emulate this and not leave home unless it is absolutely necessary.

It is very important that we take this seriously, use good judgment and truly think about what trips we make and what business can be put off for later.  Once again, don’t hesitate to contact our office, 760-863-8211 or via, for concerns and assistance.  Our local coronavirus Web site is

By all of us doing our part, we will overcome this.

V. Manuel Perez
Chair, Riverside County Board of Supervisors
Supervisor, Fourth District

73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260 | Phone: 760-863-8211 • Fax: 760-863-8905