Remember to Live by Faith, Not Fear!

Encouraging words from local pastors (including Pastor Sloat!) and the Indio police department. This is a great reminder to pay attention to facts and allow ourselves to be led by faith, not fear. Thank you IPD & pastors for all you do!

We feel it is important to remind our community that we will get through this incredibly unprecedented time.Today, various members from our faith based community came together with us to stand in solidarity and remind everyone that through all of this, we will remain strong.Thank you to:Pastor Larry Holloway of First AME ChurchPastor Renato Vizcarra of Iglesias El Poder Del EvangelioPastor Obed Martinez of Destiny ChurchReverend Julie Hodges of St. Andrew Community Presbyterian ChurchIndio Police Chaplain Stephen SloatVery Reverend Alex Gamino, VF of Our Lady of Perpetual HelpIndio Police Chaplain Frank Ruiz#indiopolice #faithnotfear #factsnotfear #covid_19 #wewillgetthroughthis

Posted by Indio Police Department on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 – What It Is & Tips for Prevention of Spreading the Virus

General Information
What is novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Many of them infect animals, but some coronaviruses from animals can evolve (change) and infect humans, then spread from person-to-person. This is what happened with the current novel coronavirus. Diseases from coronaviruses in people typically cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Some, like the SARS or MERS viruses, cause serious infections like pneumonia.

What are common symptoms of COVID-19?

Information to date shows this new virus causes symptoms consistent with a respiratory illness, such as cough, fever, and, in some, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

How are coronaviruses spread?

Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread to others from an infected person who has symptoms through:

• Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

• Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person

• Touching an object or surface with viruses on it, then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes

Novel coronavirus is new, and we are learning more each day about how easily it spreads and how long it takes for people to become sick.


General Tips from Riverside County 2nd District:

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information, please visit:

Thank You & God Bless