5 Things to Know: Friday, November 13

Welcome to 5 Things to Know – a daily rundown of things you might want to be aware of if you live in, visit, or just like being aware about what’s going on in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. As always, thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

1) The Coronavirus

Riverside County reported 639 new cases and 12 additional deaths in the last 24 hours. There have been 1,367 reported deaths from coronavirus this year in Riverside County.

Here is the latest on what’s going on in the desert:


  • The Coachella Valley has the highest numbers of cases and hospitalized patients of anywhere in Riverside County over the past week.
  • The governors of California, Washington, and Oregon issued an advisory urging people to avoid non-essential out-of-state travel and recommending that people traveling into their state quarantine for 14 days, due to the surge in coronavirus cases.
  • Meanwhile, it appears congress is throwing themselves a large, fancy indoor dinner.
  • Nationally, things are just not good at all:

Be safe.  Wear a mask. 

2) Riverside County Sheriff’s Department releases footage of deputy-involved shooting

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released video footage on Thursday of a fatal deputy-involved shooting that happened at La Quinta City Hall in September.

Officials say the video was released as a “critical incident briefing” and advise discretion when viewing.

3) That pig found in Indio is back home

A pig found in Indio this week has been returned to its owners.  The pig, which was nicknamed “Carnitas” (and hopefully wasn’t told it was named after delicious food) is actually named Charlotte.

The owners of the female, 200-pound pot-bellied pig said she was able to escape despite the yard she was in having three gates.

4) The giant Marilyn statue finds a spot in Palm Springs

It seems like forever ago that the large Marilyn Monroe statue was in Palm Springs, but it will soon be back after the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved a three-year agreement to place it downtown on Museum Way.  The agreement is for three years, but it has a clause to review after a year to see how it’s going.

The Palm Springs Art Museum Executive Director is not happy about the statue.

5) It’s the weekend!

Yeah, it’s Friday, dear reader.  It’s going to be nice outside.  Try to get out there and enjoy it!

Stay safe.  Stay smart.  Practice Social Distancing.  Wear a mask.  

Have a nice weekend.