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Desert Healthcare District allocates $350K to buy rapid coronvirus rapid tests

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board of Directors approved an allocation of $350,000 to expand rapid coronavirus testing in the east valley. District leaders said unlike current tests that take 2 to 5 days to produce results, these new tests only take 15 minutes.

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Board allocates funds for about 10,000 rapid test kits for Covid-19

The rapid tests are expected to arrive in the Coachella Valley in a week. They will be equitably distributed among three federally qualified health centers that serve the traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, including eastern valley farm workers, facing the Covid-19 pandemic.
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District Board calls special meeting April 3 to provide rapid Covid-19 tests

Unlike currents tests, which take 2 to 5 days to produce a result, these new rapid tests reveal a result in 15 minutes. If approved by the Board, the Coachella Valley could be using the additional 10,606 rapid tests by the end of next week.

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COVID-19: How to donate medical supplies, equipment and more

Two nurses arranging shelves of medical supplies
To provide the best possible care to all Coachella Valley residents and help protect the healthcare professionals caring for them, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is accepting donations of medical supplies and equipment and non-medical supplies.
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CEO's Letter: Board allocates $1.2 million in pandemic aid

Conrado Barzaga, MD, Desert Healthcare District and Foundation CEO

To address the rapidly changing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting needs, our Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 24, approved allocating $1.2 million to collective efforts to combat the virus throughout the Coachella Valley.  

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COVID-19: District and Foundation establish grant opportunities to help

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation and Regional Access Project Foundation, in direct response to the COVID-19 relief effort, have pooled dollars in an Emergency Collaborative Fund for Nonprofits Serving the High-Risk Population. The priority area for this funding is to provide operating support to community-based organizations serving vulnerable and high-risk populations.
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Palm Springs Unified students will receive meals during closure

Elementary to high school students in the Palm Springs Unified School District will continue to receive school breakfast and lunch during the recent closure due to coronavirus. School bus drivers will deliver the meals to designated sites, where students will be able to pick them up between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday -- until further notice. See the meal delivery schedule here.
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Board Vice-President Karen Borja receives Community Justice Award

On March 6, Bloom in the Desert Ministries awarded its Community Justice Award to Karen Borja, vice-president and secretary on the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board of Directors. The award was presented at Bloom's 11th annual Spring Fling at the Doubletree by Hilton in Cathedral City. Bloom is a United Church of Christ.
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Coronavirus: American Public Health Association provides prevention tips

Everyone is talking about the coronavirus, which continues to spread and affect the health of thousands across the globe. But the multiple sources of information can be confusing. To provide some reliable clarity on the matter, the American Public Health Association outlines here prevention tips, symptoms to look for and the steps to take if you're affected (y en espanol).
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What are the behavioral health needs in the Coachella Valley?

During 2019, the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation conducted a needs assessment (NA) to inform strategies to enhance mental and behavioral health service provision across the Coachella Valley. The primary goals were to provide information to identify needs of current residents, understand gaps in available service provision, and to develop recommendations to ensure that future efforts are targeted to best meet community needs. Reading the findings.
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