Dear friends & neighbors:

As more and more businesses begin to reopen, I trust everyone is putting their restrictions in place for the health and well-being of all Rancho Mirage residents, businesses, visitors, and our surrounding communities.

As a reminder to all Rancho Mirage businesses, restaurants, essential workers, residents and visitors – the City of Rancho Mirage has a mandatory face covering order in effect. Any facility that is open to the public, face coverings must be worn while engaged in any interaction with persons providing an essential service. We ask that you abide by this order to help us keep our City safe and healthy!
For more information on the City’s face covering order,
go to the our COVID-10 website at covid19.ranchomirageca.gov.

CITY HALL

Prior to reopening Rancho Mirage City Hall to the public, City staff worked diligently over the past few months to ensure proper safety measures were put in place for a safe and healthy environment for patrons and staff.

  • All public counters and waiting areas now have floor markings with appropriate distancing guidance, hand sanitation stations and safety shields have been placed at public entrances and counters.
  • All public entrances and counters have signage with large lettering and pictures to inform the public of critical regulations.
  • Common touch points, such as faucets, soap and towel dispensers, have been replaced with touchless dispensers.
  • New hours of operation: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Closed daily from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. for cleaning; and Closed to the public on Fridays.

Although City Hall is now open to the public, we ask that you continue to conduct business online, when possible. The City’s website offers many online services such as plan submittals, applying for a business license, and online payment options at www.RanchoMirageCa.gov.


LIBRARY & OBSERVATORY

Our Library is also open to the public for “Library to Go” services. Our Library staff has also implemented several changes at the Library to ensure the very highest level of safety for patrons and staff.

  • All returned materials will go through a 72-hour quarantine period before being returned to the collection.
  • Tables and chairs will not be available, as the “to go” model is intended to provide access to physical materials for checkout while maintaining social distancing.
  • The following areas will remain closed and room reservations will not be available until further notice: Computer Lab, Special Collections Room, Observatory, Quiet Study or Group Study Rooms, Book Nook, Aspen Mills Café, and Children’s Room play areas.
  • New hours of operation: Open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Closed from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. for cleaning.

In order to limit the time you need to spend in the building, Library staff is happy to help you find materials for check out before you arrive. Just contact a reference librarian via email at librarian@ranchomiragelibrary.org or call 760-341-7323.

If you must physically come into City Hall or the Library, please adhere to
social distancing guidelines and remember,
all employees and patrons are required to wear face coverings.

I have great news for Great Plates Delivered Program participants…the program has been extended through July 10, 2020!
Since it’s inception on May 8th, the Great Plates program has delivered three nutritious meals per day (totaling 14,295 meals) to the homes of 168 residents who are 60+ and at high-risk for COVID-19. It has also been a great benefit to locally owned Rancho Mirage restaurants.
The extension of the Rancho Mirage Great Plates Delivered Program for another 30 days will continue to provide for those most at risk and assist Rancho Mirage restaurants as they continue to serve the community.
For more information,
Call (877) 652-4844
Eligible seniors can apply over the phone with friendly City staff.
I would like to thank all the restaurants and food providers who participated in the Great Plates Delivered program for their collaborative efforts that made this program such a great success. Keep up the good work.
Locally-owned Rancho Mirage restaurants or food providers can apply to be part of this exceptional program – just click here to apply!

I cannot stress enough the importance of COVID-19 testing, not only to protect yourself and your family, but to help move us into the next stages of reopening our city safely.

The County needs less than 8% testing positive to move into Stage 3. Riverside County has been a leader in providing access to COVID-19 testing for residents.

Free testing is available through county-run sites – whether you have symptoms or not. Coachella Valley testing sites are located in Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Indio, and Mecca. Click here for a list of all testing site locations. To make an appointment at a county-operated site, call 800-945-6171. To make an online appointment at a state-run testing site, click lhi.care/covidtesting.

Eisenhower Health is committed to maintaining and improving wellness and health throughout our community and beyond. The team at Eisenhower has been diligent in their sharing of important and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic in our valley.
To view the most recent update from Eisenhower Health, click here.
Eisenhower Health and its clinics are open and serving patients in the Coachella Valley. Please call their hotline at 760-TEST988 (or 760-837-8988) to discuss any symptom concerns before presenting at any of their locations. The line is staffed 24 hours a day by registered nurses who are ready to assist you. For more information, please visit their FAQ webpage at eisenhowerhealth.org/patients-visitors/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know/faq/.

LifeStream Blood Bank is serving our communities while taking steps to keep donors safe. For more information on LifeStream and to make an appointment to give the gift of life, please visit lstream.org/covid-19/.
Effective immediately at LifeStream Blood Bank donor centers and mobile drives, blood donations are tested for the COVID-19 antibody. The test is performed on donor blood, and is not a nasal swab to tell a person whether or not they have a current COVID-19 infection. Instead, the test identifies those who may have had or been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 in the past.

The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. The antibody tests are part of a full panel of tests that LifeStream performs on successful blood donations. Donors are not charged for the tests.

Visit lstream.org to learn more and make an appointment today.


As always, your City Council and staff are here to help. Should you have any questions or need further details about the information in this Mayor’s Message, please do not hesitate to contact us at (760) 324-4511 or via email at info@ranchomirageca.gov.

Sincerely,
Mayor G. Dana Hobart
City of Rancho Mirage
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