Coronavirus Disease Basics

The information below is accurate as of March 27, 2020.

For information on COVID-19 readiness and updated polices from local utilities, please visit:

SoCalGasSCE and CVWD.


Additional Resources

Go to for current status and updates. Essential Services FAQ's

Senior hours for grocery stores: 

Stater Brothers- 7:45 am 

Clarks- 8 am

Target- Wednesdays, first hour

Gelson's- 7 am

Smart and Final- 7:30 - 8 am

Albertsons- Tuesday, 7 am, Thursday, 7 - 9 am

Golf Resort Update

The Indian Wells Golf Resort is closed, however, the VUE continues to offer curbside grocery pickupto-go menu and "take and bake" food options. 

For more information, call (760) 834-3800 or visit:

DSUSD Closures

The City of Indian Wells is a part of the Desert Sands Unified School district, which has closed through April 30 to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. You can learn more about DSUSD closures and resources on the school district website.

Animal Services

 The Riverside County Department of Animal Services is still working to protect human and animal health during the COVID-19 crisis. 

 At this time, all Riverside County animal shelters are open for regular business hours. You can learn more at

Coachella Valley Mask Makers

The City just donated 90 N95 masks and 800 pairs of gloves to Eisenhower.
Coachella Valley Mask Makers has been working out of the Indian Wells Golf Resort making vital masks for our medical professionals with over 2,400 masks being made.

Food Resources

Residents are encouraged to continue to support local businesses by ordering takeout or delivery when available. Many local eateries, including the VUE are offering to-go and delivery orders. Grocery stores and pharmacies will continue to operate and hold special hours for those over 65 (we've listed the stores and hours at the top of this page). There is no shortage of food or interruption to local food supply.
Additionally, we ask that you please consider carefully what your actual need for food and sanitation supplies would be, for up to a two-week period, and purchase only the amount you would reasonably expect to use. Panic buying, hoarding and similar behaviors impact your fellow residents and complicate the current situation for others. 

Senior Services


It is more essential than ever that we protect and help support our seniors. The City recommends that seniors stay active, healthy and connected through eating well and exercising at home. To assist with these needs, the following programs are still available for the time being:
  • Penny’s Pantry
  • Meals on Wheels delivery 
  • Individual counseling appointments through the Wellness Center (in person or by telephone)
Stay updated on The Joslyn Senior Center social media accounts as well:
Instagram - @thejoslyncenter
Facebook - @joslyncenter
Twitter - @joslyn_center

Safer at Home Executive Order

On March 19, 2020 the State of California issued an Executive Order ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Under this order, all residents are to stay in their own homes unless completing essential tasks such as grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other tasks outlined below. In addition, all businesses except those that provide essential services (grocery stores, restaurants for takeout/pickup, doctors offices, and others listed below) are to close. Businesses that remain open must still practice social distancing guidelines. For more information, view the full Order below and visit the State of California’s coronavirus information website.


For information on Governor Newsom's Stay at Home Order, CLICK/TAP HERE

City Closures and Essential Services


Effective immediately, the City of Indian Wells is closed to the public until April 6. Staff is still available via email, phone and limited appointments only. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to balance the importance of the services we offer with the health and safety of all who visit and work at City Hall. We have many City services that are available online and staff is ready to assist. The links below provide additional information about these services for your convenience.  


City Clerk Services

City Services

Code Enforcement

Community Development

Public Works

The Council and City staff are asking all our residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe. 


Indian Wells will be streaming City Council meetings are being streamed to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus. The public may listen to the meeting and provide public comments by dialing 1 (669) 900-9128, Meeting ID: 123 268 703 or by emailing any public comments to one hour prior to the start of the meeting so the comments may be distributed to Council Members.


Essential City services include:

  • Police and Fire
  • Water, sewer and trash
  • Maintenance of streets, trees and parts and infrastructure repairs
  • Limited administrative services


How many cases of COVID-19 are in California?

How it spreads:

  • This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. 
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.
  • Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

  • Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others.
  • CDC recommends that patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

Risk for COVID-19 in the United States:

  • This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website


How can I help protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay away from work, school or other if you are sick

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn more about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19. (

Does CDC recommend the use of face mask to prevent COVID-19?

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. 
  • Only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A face mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. 
  • The use of face masks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).


What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

  • Symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 

Read about COVID-19 Symptoms: (

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

  • Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
  • Your healthcare professional will work with your local and state public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Updated Riverside County information about COVID-19 is available at  The public is encouraged to call 2-1-1 and 800 – CDC – INFO (800 – 232 – 4636) with any questions.