Eastvale – This month, the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused businesses to close instead of open. However, the Eastvale community continued to grow in a different way, as residents and City officials have come together to combat COVID-19.
As of April 6, the Riverside University Health System reported 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 confirmed death in the City of Eastvale. Several residents have shown concern with the increase of cases in the city. But a third Riverside County community testing site has been established at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside for residents who want to be tested for COVID-19. Those who want to be tested can call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. To get tested, you must have symptoms and have an appointment before showing up at the church parking lot. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. For more information on the COVID-19 and new testing facilities, please visit: https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.
The City has also done their part to provide resources to the community and remind residents to only leave your house for essential services, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask when leaving your house. In addition, a wide variety of helpful resources are currently available via the City’s Facebook page. They’ve shared videos of Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams showing how to make your own face mask and Councilmember Clint Lorimore showing how to wash your hands properly. The city has also posted a Riverside County Department of Public Social Services COVID protocol list, showing what to clean when you get home from buying essentials. Also shared was a caution to be aware of price gougers and scams. Price gougers are subject to criminal prosecution, which can result in imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000. You can report price gouging by filling out the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office price gouging complaint form: https://bit.ly/2WfQNID. For more information on price gouging, please visit: https://bit.ly/2R7onx5. Also shared was a Riverside University Health System announcement recommending to “Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, and Cover Your Face” when out completing essential tasks. For more information please see the following video: https://vimeo.com/402767450.
Support for law enforcement and first responders has also been tremendous as local organizations and community members have donated supplies. Eastvale residents dropped off care packages last month to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. Eastvale Kiwanis also donated protective equipment to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. Lastly, the Eastvale Chinese American Association donated 1,000 N95 masks to the City to distribute to first responders and City personnel.
Local businesses are also being supported by the community. The City announced two Great American Take Out days in March, suggesting community members order takeout from local restaurants for the next month. They also listed businesses in Eastvale that are offering take out or delivery. The list can be found at: Eastvaleca.gov/coronavirus. Several businesses have even offered special times for individuals who are seniors, pregnant, or disabled. This list includes: Masala House Grocery (open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for seniors), Smart n Final (open at 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. for seniors, pregnant women, and disabled), Albertsons and Vons (open from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. for vulnerable at-risk people and seniors), Target (open from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings to seniors 65+ and those with medical conditions) and Ralph’s (prioritizing seniors in line). In addition, Supervisor Karen Spiegel hosted a Riverside County Business Resources Town Hall meeting to discuss how businesses impacted by COVID-19 can obtain additional assistance or more information on the Federal Government’s CARES ACT.
Our children are also supported during this time, especially after CNUSD extended their closure date to June 19, 2020. The district’s Free To-Go-Meal Program is available during the temporary district-wide school closure. This program is open to all students 18-years-old & under as long as someone in their family is enrolled in CNUSD. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/3a1FbNE. JARPD and JCSD Parks & Recreation have both created virtual portals for our community to have fun, stay educated, and find resources throughout these uncertain times. JARPD’s Virtual Portal can be found by visiting: https://www.jarpd.org/virtual-recreation. JCSD Parks & Recreation’s Virtual Portal can be found by visiting: https://www.jcsd.us/services/parks-and-recreation/jcsd-to-go.
The City of Eastvale has also offered some ease by announcing they will not be enforcing street sweeping violations through Thursday, April 30, (with the date being subject to change). However, they will still enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs and in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard.
The City of Eastvale also partnered with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce to form the “Eastvale COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund”. Donations received will be utilized to purchase gift cards/certificates from our local Eastvale restaurants to infuse money into our small business economy, who have been significantly impacted by the lack of dine-in customers during the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Those gift cards/certificates will then be distributed to public safety personnel, other essential workers, and local residents and families affected by COVID-19. If you wish to donate, please visit the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce website at: https://www.eastvalecoc.org. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, the city of Eastvale have closed their doors, but they remain available online or by phone Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. You can contact staff by emailing email@example.com or calling 951.361.0900.