5 Things to Know: Wednesday, October 14

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 476 new cases and 6 new deaths in the last 24 hours. There have now been 1,264 reported deaths from coronavirus this year in Riverside County.

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


  • The Superintendent of CVUSD told the Desert Sun that at least nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.  Adrian Munoz, a CVUSD employee, recently died of coronavirus.  The district says his death is not connected to the current outbreak. A local teachers association is asking for a temporarily closure of the Thermal office.
  • The Palm Springs Unified board of directors voted in favor of the possible return of students to classes in January.
  • The head coach of the University of Alabama’s football team, Nick Saban, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.  He is now self-isolating at home while continuing to oversee his team’s practices via Zoom.
  • Melania Trump on Wednesday said that her son Barron had tested positive for coronavirus, but didn’t show any symptoms.
  • Meanwhile:

2) Fire Erupts at Abandoned DHS Structure

Fire crews were able to keep a blaze that broke out at an abandoned building in Desert Hot Springs from spreading on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 12:42 pm on Cholla Drive.

3) A Couple of Free Flu Shot Events are Happening

If ever there was a year to get a flu shot, it’s this year – and there are a couple of free events happening soon.

In addition, the Riverside County Department of Public Health will be offering free flu shots later this month at the Indio Fairgrounds.  The The drive-thru flu shots will be available from 9 to 1 on October 26.  The shots are free and available to everyone over 3-years-old.

4)  Another Reported Jet Pack Sighting at LAX!

For the second time in two months, pilots have reported seeing a person flying with a jet pack over the skies of Los Angeles. The FAA says a China Airlines crew reported the person in the jet pack was over the Century City area at about 6,000 feet. Law enforcement is now investigating.

5) Sunnylands to Launch Outdoor Tours in November

Sunnylands Center & Gardens has announced they will offer outdoor tours of the historic Annenberg estate beginning in November.  Due to the pandemic, tours inside the huge midcentury modern home are not being offered, but you can take one of three jaunts around the place, including:

  • Historic Walk – Guests take a leisurely, one-mile walk onto the estate accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The 60-minute walk focuses on the history of Sunnylands, the Annenbergs, their guests, midcentury modern architecture, and design. Offered Wednesdays through Sundays. $25 per person.
  • Landscape Tour – Guests may reserve a tour for as many as six people of their choosing who will take a guided, 45-minute, open-air shuttle ride throughout the grounds of the estate. The tour features Sunnylands’ landscape, outdoor sculpture, nine-hole golf course, and sustainability efforts. Offered Wednesdays through Sundays. $125 per shuttle
  • Estate Bird Walk – Guests join an experienced birder for a 90-minute birding walk on the estate, discovering the variety of birds that prompted the Annenbergs to dedicate 25 acres of their land as a sanctuary for resident and migratory birds. Offered Thursdays and Saturdays. $38 per person.

Details are here.

Stay safe.  Stay smart.  Wear a mask.