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 Weather
Sure, it was windy (more on that below)…but, also, for the first time in what seems like forever, it was really nice in the Coachella Valley. Like, it was open your windows and turn off the A/C nice. I mean, it actually felt normally seeing sweaters for sale and pumpkins in stores.
Enjoy it while it lasts as it’s going to warm up again…though, luckily, not quite as hot as it’s been.
Clear, Cool, Windy & Dry!
A frontal passage will bring gusty winds, very dry air and cooler temperatures to SoCal and the Coachella Valley today.
A Wind Advisory has been posted for the Valley (until 5p) which will stir-up lots of dust lowering our air quality.@NBCPalmSprings pic.twitter.com/obkHhX2wHB
— Jerry ‘The Steffler’ Steffen (@JerrySteffen) October 26, 2020
2) The Winds
While it was absolutely freakin’ great to finally experience moderate temperatures for the first time in forever, that also came with some strong winds on Monday, which led to fires:
Latest updates on brush fires in Irvine and Yorba Linda:#SilveradoFire:
– 7,200 acres
– 500 firefighters
– 0% containment
– 22,000 homes evacuated, 90,800 residents#BlueRidgeFire:
– 1,100 acres
– Almost 200 firefighters
– 0% containmenthttps://t.co/LpwMF7tldp
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) October 26, 2020
And issues for high-profile vehicles:
Strong winds wreaked havoc around the area this morning, knocking down a parking structure in Palm Desert and flipping over Amazon and UPS trucks near Chiriaco Summit. @KESQHaley & @TabanSharifi will have more the winds coming up at 5 & 6 pm
— KESQ News Channel 3 (@KESQ) October 26, 2020
The wind warning has expired for the Coachella Valley, but, if for those in the Hi-Desert, they could be sticking around for a while.
The Wind Advisory for the Coachella Valley has expired but continues until 9pm for the High Desert.
— Haley Clawson KESQ (@KESQHaley) October 27, 2020
3) The Coronavirus
Riverside County reported 975 new cases and 16 additional deaths since Friday. There have been 1,295 reported deaths from coronavirus this year in Riverside County.
Here is the latest on what’s going on in the desert:
15,869 reported cases (+188)
+482 last 7 days
369 deaths (+8)
14,658 recoveries (+95)
842 known active cases (+65)
+215 last 7 days
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) October 26, 2020
37 confirmed (+6)
11 suspected (+3)
48 TOTAL (+9)
-2 last 7 days
ICU numbers are not available — looks like there’s some glitch in reporting. I hope that will be fixed soon. pic.twitter.com/23dHfhhn3B
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) October 26, 2020
- Riverside County officials issued a press release on Friday stating, “It’s up to all of us to
return to red” in regards to the county falling back into the state’s purple tier with more restrictions on businesses. The county noted, “when residents wear face masks outside the home, keep six feet of distance from others and frequently wash their hands, they protect themselves by up to 95 percent of the virus.”
- The Palm Springs Tramway’s board approved a $15 borrowing plan on Monday. The normally popular desert attraction has seen its bottom line hit especially hard during the pandemic.
- Despite what some continually say these days, the country appears to be far from “rounding the turn”:
Over the last week, the US added 481,372 new cases – the most the nation has added in a single week, according to Johns Hopkins.
The 7-day moving average of new daily Covid cases is 68,767, a level not seen since the highest peak in late July, per CNN's analysis of JHU data. https://t.co/JJ24PPMCG0
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 26, 2020
208 people in North Dakota have died so far this month of COVID-19.
At this point in October last year, 407 people in North Dakota had died, period.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 26, 2020
Utah reportedly is preparing to “ration” care of coronavirus patients as hospitalizations rise at a dramatic rate https://t.co/BFKWLb7l2k
— United States Coronavirus Updates (@USCoronaUpdates) October 26, 2020
The coronavirus surge in El Paso, Texas, has gotten so bad so fast that officials have imposed a two-week stay-at-home order and a curfew. As the number of people hospitalized soars, overflow beds are being set up under tents in parking lots. https://t.co/5pValhbrtZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 26, 2020
4) The Living Desert’s baby wallaby has passed away
Just a few weeks after announcing the birth of a baby wallaby, the Living Desert announced that they were “devastated to share that our newest wallaby joey has passed away.”
“Everyone is just devastated,” said RoxAnna Breitigan, Director of Animal Care at The Living Desert. “The joey immediately won over our hearts and became a symbol of hope during this very challenging year. His sudden and unexpected passing has been very difficult.”
“At this time, we don’t know how or why the joey died, but we will be completing a full necropsy to try and get some answers,” said Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Head Veterinarian at The Living Desert. “When you care for over 500 animals, there are some really great days, but also a few very difficult ones. This has been one of the difficult days.”
5) Rubio’s files for bankruptcy
Rubio’s Restaurants filed a petition for bankruptcy on Monday. The fast casual Mexican food chain with 3 Coachella Valley locations says the move is part of a “comprehensive financial restructuring” and did not announce the closure of any currently open restaurants as part of the move, though more than two dozen stores (primarily in Florida and Colorado) that had been closed during the pandemic will not reopen.
Stay safe. Stay smart. Wear a mask.