5 Things to Know: Tuesday, December 1

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 412 new cases and 1 new reported deaths since Monday. There have been 1,443 reported deaths from coronavirus this year in Riverside County. The county reported 600 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals.  That’s more than at any other point in the pandemic.

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


Hope is on the way.  It’s not here yet and things are getting pretty bad.  Please, be safe. Wear a mask.  Be smart about things.

2) CIF High School Sports on hold until at least January

High School sports have been on hold since the beginning of the pandemic and now they are on hold even longer. The California Interscholastic Federation announced on Tuesday the postponement for the start of full practices for all high school sports until January, delaying a previously scheduled December start.

Local volleyball and water polo games along with track and field events in the desert were scheduled to begin in the middle of December. They will now be pushed back due to the pandemic.  The announcement was not a surprise, but also is a huge bummer, especially to the young student-athletes in the Coachella Valley and throughout the state of California.

3) The Children’s Discovery Museum has closed indefinitely

In another announcement that is not a surprise during a pandemic, but is still a bummer, the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert announced that they will be closed indefinitely and laying off staff.  The facilities have been closed to the public since March, but the organization had been offering online programming.


4) The Palm Desert Farmer’s Market will happen in a new spot Wednesday

After spending a ton of cash to transform a section of San Pablo south of Highway 111 to a more pedestrian friendly spot, Palm Desert will see its weekly farmer’s market move to the street beginning on Wednesday morning. The city will close San Pablo between Alessandro Drive and San Gorgonio Way between 8 am and 12:30 pm for the event.

5) Something fun

Okay, this isn’t local, but it’s pretty great and, with all the bad news lately, it’s closing out today’s rundown.  I hope you enjoy it:

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