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ARCHIVE - Coronavirus Updates - March 30 - April 5

NOTE: This page is an ARCHIVE of KAZU's online coverage, of March 30 - April 5, 2020.




The Santa Clara Convention Center, which was transformed into one of California’s first active Field Respite Centers, started serving their first patients over the weekend. This facility was created to increase the area’s healthcare capacity to meet the needs of residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19.



As of April 5, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency has reported 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents. One resident has died from complications of the virus and nine have been hospitalized. 



The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has launched a series of online programming called Museum to You.


In Monterey County, there will be limited park and open space available during Easter weekend, April 11 and 12. Parks are traditionally popular spots during Easter weekend, but county officials say there must be precautions in place this year due to COVID-19. Rangers will monitor social distancing and group size requirements, which are ten people or less. There will be a single point of entry at parks and no barbeques allowed.


As of April 4, the Monterey County Health Department has reported 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents. Two residents have died, 15 have been hospitalized and ten have recovered from the virus. 



As of April 4, 2020, the California Department of Public Health reports there are a total of 13,438 positive cases and 319 deaths in California. Local health departments have reported 197 confirmed positive cases among health care workers. 

Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 160 cases
  • Age 18-49: 6,610 cases
  • Age 50-64: 3,653 cases
  • Age 65 and older: 2,966 cases
  • Unknown/Missing: 49 cases

Gender of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Female: 6,349 cases
  • Male: 6,876 cases
  • Unknown: 213 cases




As of April 2, there are 57 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Monterey County residents, according to the Monterey County Department of Public Health




California State Parks announced additional temporary closures of parks. A list of closures can be found here 


According to the California Department of Public Health, as of April 2, 2020, there are a total of 10,701 positive cases and 237 deaths in California. Local health departments have reported 156 confirmed cases among health care workers. 

 Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 120 cases
  • Age 18-49: 5,302 cases
  • Age 50-64: 2,879 cases
  • Age 65 and older: 2,342 cases
  • Unknown/Missing: 58 cases

Gender of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Female: 5,015 cases
  • Male: 5,547 cases
  • Unknown: 139 cases

Central Coast YMCA is focusing on providing childcare for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes children of health care workers, first responders, agricultural workers, grocery store employees, and delivery drivers. Click here for more information.



According to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, as of April 1, there are 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including one death. Nine people have been hospitalized. Click here for the county's new web page, which includes more information about the cases


The Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce conducted an anonymous survey to collect data and information about the impact of COVID-19 on county businesses. They received over 250 responses. Nearly 90 percent of the responders were small businesses with 10 employees or less. The survey found that the top five needs were tax relief, unemployment insurance, SBA loans at low interest rates, deadline extensions for filing tax returns and grants or other immediate financial assistance. Nearly a quarter of responders said their early estimates of revenue loss is over $50,000. Based on these results, the chamber plans to create programs to help.


The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up enforcement of the shelter in place order. The Sheriff’s Office will be assigning deputies to a Beaches and Parks Contact Team. While officials say most people are complying with the social distancing requirements, some are still not following the rules, particularly at beaches and parks. To report any violations of the shelter in place order, call the tip line at 831-454-7747. Violation of the order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both.

Also, deputies and correctional officers will now wear N95 face masks when working with individuals to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.



Pacific Grove City Council passed a moratorium on evictions due to inability to pay rent for both residential and commercial places during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Monterey County Health Officer is extending the county’s shelter in place order through May 3rd. This aligns Monterey County with Santa Cruz County and multiple Bay Area counties. The new and stricter order takes effect tonight (Friday night) and comes with a greater emphasis on ensuring people are working from home and new restrictions on social distancing. For example, memorial services must be limited to ten people. Click here to read the order.


Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno said there’s evidence the shelter in place orders are effective in slowing down COVID-19 cases in the county. He said cases are currently doubling every five days instead of every two days, which was the case when the county’s outbreak began. Dr. Moreno is encouraging people to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and stay at home orders.

Dr. Moreno said of the 53 Monterey County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 so far (as of April 1), eight have diabetes. He said it's especially important for those with preexisting conditions or underlying diseases to stay home. 

Dr. Moreno said if anyone chooses to cover their face, they’re protecting others. He said there are people in Monterey County who are infectious but don’t have symptoms. If that person covers their face, it could help limit the spread of COVID-19. He added face coverings do not replace social distancing or stay at home guidelines. 

Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales has been observing farmworkers in the field. He said social distancing is a problem when crews are harvesting behind machines or riding the bus together. Gonzales observed some employers providing masks and gloves. He said ag companies have been meeting to try and figure out the best approaches to keeping the workforce healthy and safe. More information is anticipated in the future.


Monterey councilmembers will discuss rent deferral during their next city council meeting on Tuesday. They will consider deferment for 60 days, which would result in a slight increase in future rents to recover the costs. This program is expected to cost the city about $770,000 for the two-month (60 days) period. 

The City of Monterey is working with the National Guard to start distributing ready to eat meals at El Estero for the homeless. They’re hoping this could begin next week.


The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is launching a program called SVMHS Community and Staff Support Project. In light of a significant decrease in full staffing levels due to stay at home orders, SVMHS is re-assigning its workforce to support families, at risk populations and non-profit organizations in need of workers. SVMHS staff who sign up will receive their regular pay and benefits for that community service. Organizations with work opportunities can submit a request here.


Everyone’s Harvest is asking the public to help out so that their Pacific Grove and Marina farmers’ markets can continue running. They’re reminding shoppers to not come to the market if you don’t feel well, do your shopping as quickly as possible, maintain at least 6 feet of separation, and use gloves and face coverings whenever possible.


UNITE HERE Local 483, which serves the Monterey Peninsula, says more than 1,450 of their 1,500 members have no job at this time. COVID-19 has been devastating to the hospitality industry, one of the region’s top employers. The union has set up a support fund for hospitality workers in need on the Peninsula. People can donate online, or make checks to Action Council of Monterey County re: local 483, 295 Main St. Suite 500, Salinas, Ca 93901.


The City of Pacific Grove is working to make sure the public exercises responsibly. The City is posting informational signs at local beaches, trails and parks to encourage appropriate behavior and help ensure these open spaces can continue to stay open.  

City of Pacific Grove residents are encouraged to watch city council meetings live on the city’s website by clicking here or on Peninsula Channel 25. Residents can also listen in and make comments via phone. Call 877-853-5247 or 888-788-0099 US Toll-free (Meeting ID: 546459502#). To make a comment, press *9 when prompted by the Mayor.


Monterey County leaders will host a joint Salinas-North County COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 6, at 4pm.  Supervisor Luis Alejo, Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter and Salinas Councilman Scott Davis will co-host the meeting. Participants can log into or call in at 669-900-6833 and use meeting ID 941 549 679 for access.




The California Department of Public Health announced Thursday evening that as of April 1, there are a total of 9,191 positive cases and 203 deaths in California. Local health departments have reported 138 confirmed postive cases in health care workers.  

Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 101 cases
  • Age 18-49: 4,604 cases
  • Age 50-64: 2,429 cases
  • Age 65 and older: 2,007 cases
  • Unknown/Missing: 50 cases

Gender of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Female: 4,254 cases
  • Male: 4,806 cases
  • Unknown: 131 cases

The University of California has eased admission requirements to help prospective and newly admitted students during the coronavius crisis. The measures include suspending letter grade requirements for classes taken in winter, spring or summer terms of 2020 and suspending standardized tests requirements.


The Bureau of Land Management has decided to temporarily close all developed campgrounds and recreation sites across California to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Dispersed camping and trails remain open to enjoy as long as people do so responsibly and follow social distancing guidelines. Click here for more information.


Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who represents California’s 18th Congressional District, announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded over $10.5 million in grant funding to cities and counties located in the district in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will help local governments provide shelter for the homeless, provide resources to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and help preserve affordable housing. The city of Santa Cruz will receive $353,464. The funding was authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


The California Department of Public Health has released new guidelines for cloth face masks. Public health officials say social distancing and hand washing are still the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Officials say wearing a cloth mask could help by reminding others to keep their distance and could help reduce transmission from those who may be infected but don’t have symptoms. The state does not recommend use of N-95 or surgical masks since those are needed for health care workers. Click here for the guidance.



Santa Cruz County officials are reassuring local residents that parks and other recreation areas remain open through the shelter-in-place order. Officials are asking everyone to be safe and maintain social distancing. Sharing of sports equipment is only allowed between members of the same household and the use of high-touch playground equipment is prohibited.


Santa Cruz County public health officials are working hard to expand care capacity in Santa Cruz County. They’re also working to identify locations for alternative care sites. The county’s testing capacity is increasing, particularly for high-risk groups. Officials say some labs now have expedited testing for health care workers and those who are in the hospital. 

Officials say Santa Cruz County’s shelter-in-place order through May 3rd won’t be lifted until there’s a significant decline in cases. They anticipate cases will climb in about two to three weeks. 

The county is encouraging businesses to post information about what steps they are taking in terms of social distancing guidelines. Click here for a formatted document that businesses can fill out. Posting this information has become a requirement for businesses in the Bay Area.


The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency says as of Thursday morning, there are 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including one death. A majority of the cases are in the 18 to 64 age group. One of the cases is a pediatric case under 18.


Click here for virtual activites offered by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). 


Santa Cruz County officials recently provided more information about vacation rentals during shelter-in-place orders. Vacation rentals, including those through Airbnb, VRBO and other platforms are not allowed to operate during this time because they are not an essential business. They may be allowed to operate under certain circumstances, such as providing housing for traveling emergency and public safety personnel, medical personnel, essential workers or for families attending to the critical medical needs of local relatives.



As of April 1, the Monterey County Health Department has reported 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Monterey County residents, including two deaths. Nine people have been hospitalized and five people have recovered from the virus. Twenty-seven of the cases are in the Salinas area, 19 are in the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur region and 7 are in North and South Monterey County. Click here for more case information


As museums offer online activities, California State University Monterey Bay marine scientists are offering virtual underwater tours. You can join the California Undersea Imagery Archive for dives around the Monterey Bay. We have a link on our blog post.


City of Monterey leaders say custodial crews have been working hard to clean public restrooms and other public facilities. 

The City of Monterey is postponing the Monterey Gala at the end of May. It is part of Monterey’s celebration of the city’s 250th birthday. The party in front of Colton Hall scheduled for June 3rd, Monterey's birthday, is still on for now. City officials expressed determination to hold the event while complying with whatever safety measures may be in place at the time. Monterey’s birthday is June 3rd, 1770.

Monterey County has completed a resource guide for the community. This guide includes information on unemployment, government assistance, food banks and more.


The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering free learning activities to support students during this time. The education team created more than a week of science materials for students in grades K-12. Today (Thursday), the Aquarium also launched free online courses about tidepools and thinking like a scientist. To enroll, click on the link and click "enroll for free." The Aquarium also has more activites broken up by grade level here.


Staff at Monterey County Free Libraries are working to create 3D printed masks for health care workers during the coronavirus crisis. The libraries’ two 3D printers are running all day. It takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes to make one complete mask. They’re being made from a pattern that’s accepted by many hospitals. The printers are also being programmed to make door knob covers.


Monterey County officials say as of 11:59pm, March 31, there are 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents, with two deaths. Nine people have been hospitalized. Twenty-five of the cases are in the Salinas area, 17 are in the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur region and 6 are in the North and South County regions.  




The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced $100 million in funding for local educational agencies. The funding was included in Senate Bill 117, one of two COVID-19 emergency bills passed by the California Legislature on March 17. 

These funds will allow district administrators to ensure that sites are properly cleaned and sanitized, keep school staff safe, provide nutritious meals, and focus on implementing a distance learning infrastructure that is equitable and accessible to all students.


According to the California Department of Public Health 8,155 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state. That includes 127 health care workers. 171 people have died and more than 90,000 tests have been conducted.


April 1 is Census Day. Monterey County is currently at a 32.5% response rate and Santa Cruz County’s response rate is 38.5%. Census workers are encouraging the public to complete the census online or via the phone (English: 844-330-2020 or Spanish: 844-468-2020).



Santa Clara County is reporting 66 new cases of COVID-19 on April 1. The county has seen a total of 32 deaths and 956 people test positive of the virus.



Although the Governor extended the election certification deadline to April 23, local results are complete. Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin certified the results of the March 3rd primary on April 1. The county's turnout was 63.54 percent. According to the elections department, there was a record number of registered voters in Santa Cruz County, 163,526. Click here for the certified results. And click here for the final election results report for Monterey County


Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of early April 1, 54 cases of COVID-19 in the community. The first death from the virus was reported on March 29.

Second Harvest Food Bank will host another drive through community food distribution on Friday, April 3, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. The distribution will be between the hours of 9am – 1pm. Residents of Santa Cruz County can come and receive a bag of pantry items and a bag of produce. The food bank says they can provide food for up to three families per car, serving up to 3,000 families. ID is required.


Santa Cruz County Office of Education has announced that they will extend the period of school closures through May 5th, 2020 to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.


The County of Santa Cruz and partner cities have established a task force to oversee homeless services during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will focus on minimizing the spread of the disease by isolating sick and vulnerable individuals. The collaborative effort aims to ensure that homeless individuals will be connected with safe shelter and services to ensure their health and the health of the community at large.

The taskforce has already reached a lease agreement on a private hotel/motel facility, and is ready to scale up with additional lease agreements if and when the need arises.

The task force has also requested 5,600 MREs (meals ready-to-eat) from the State for distribution to people experiencing homelessness. 

In addition, the City of Santa Cruz has completed steps to provide resources to people experiencing homelessness, including hiring a Homelessness Manager and coordinating temporary food distribution with Santa Cruz City Schools to provide 75 meals daily to local persons experiencing homelessness.



The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has launched “Museum To You” - a digital museum experience which they say includes programs for all different ages and interests.


The city of Monterey is taking advantage of the empty roads to increase road improvements and resurfacing many roads. 

The city of Monterey is working with the national guard to increase hand washing and clean water stations. They say this is particularly important in helping the homeless population.


The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office says all new inmates are being put into isolation for 14 days before being moved to general population. This is to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On February 1, the jail started screening and testing the temperature of every person entering the facility. They also suspended visitation of March 18. 

The Monterey County jail is trying to cut down transportation between their facility and the courts. They are making use of teleconferencing and jury trials have been suspended. 

The jails current population is in the low 700s. They have capacity for 825.


The Monterey County Department of Social Services has seen an uptick in applications for aid. They have seen more people applying for Medi-Cal and Cal-Fresh. 

Social Services are still serving constituents and are encouraging those with non-emergencies to get in touch via the phone or online. 

They are negotiating with two motels/hotels in Marina to secure a lease for the local homeless population.


The Monterey County Health Officer has announced a second death due to complications from COVID-19. This adult had underlying medical conditions.  

As of Tuesday, March 30, Monterey County has 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 616 tests have been conducted among residents. On March 20, the first death from the virus was announced.  A breakdown of age groups and geographical information can be found at these links in english and spanish.

The county is anticipating cases will peak towards the end of April.


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has announced that they will continue with distance/online learning until June 5, 2020. It comes after the State Superintendent of Schools said in a statement late Tuesday, March 31, “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year.” 




On Tuesday, March 31, the health officer of Santa Cruz County announced an extension of their shelter-in-place order. The new Order is currently set to last until Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The County Health Officer may choose to shorten or extend the time period. How long the restrictions are in place will depend on what the County Health Officer decides is necessary to protect public health. This new order is in effect throughout the entire County of Santa Cruz, including each city.


As of Tuesday morning, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency says there are 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with one death reported last weekend, in Santa Cruz County. 



There are 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents as of 11:59pm, March 30. 


Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) is working with the Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels, both of Salinas, to deliver meals to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, MST’s COVID-19 Community Support Task Force, a team of 7 volunteers, delivered just over 50 meals on behalf of the two organizations. MST plans to continue this every weekday.


The City of Monterey is asking residents, businesses and nonprofits to donate new N95-rated masks if they have spare ones. These masks are used by firefighters, police officers and public works staff. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), donations can be dropped off in front of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Monday through Friday, between 9am and 4pm. Only new masks, sealed in unopened packaging, will be accepted. We have more details on our blog post. If you need help getting to the drop off site, you can call 831-646-3760.


Hartnell College announced Tuesday that due to the ongoing public health threat from COVID-19, Hartnell will continue online instruction through the summer 2020 session.


According to the Monterey County Health Department, there are 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Monterey County residents at this time. The County has a chart that shows the age groups, gender, region of residence, exposure risk, and clinical information of the individuals who've tested positive. Another graph shows laboratory testing informartion.  Click here for the County's web page



State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said on Tuesday that it appears students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. The California Department of Education suggests schools prepare for distance learning through the rest of the school year. 

In light of that announcement, the Monterey County Office of Education has decided to extend school facility closures through the end of the school year. Distance learning will continue through then.


Governor Gavin Newsom has granted more relief for business taxpayers. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administion announced Tuesday that all small businesses will have an additional three months to file returns and pay taxes administered by the department. Click here for more information


Health Officers in seven Bay Area jurisdictions are extending a previous stay-at-home order through May 3 to reduce future impact on local hospitals. According to the County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center, there has been a significant increase in the number of cases across the region, which is straining resources.  The extended order requires people to stay home. Essential activities, such as grocery shopping, are allowed.


According to the California Department of Public Health, as of March 30, there are a total of 6,932 positive cases and 150 deaths in California. 

Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 73 cases
  • Age 18-49: 3,529 cases
  • Age 50-64: 1,765cases
  • Age 65 and older: 1,531 cases
  • Unknown/Missing: 34 cases

Gender of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Female: 3,155 cases
  • Male: 3,666 cases
  • Unknown: 111 cases




COVID-19 in California by the Numbers

The California Department of Public Health says the State now has 5,763 confirmed cases as of Sunday, March 29. This is up from 4,643 reported on March 27. There have been 135 deaths. Approximately 83,800 tested have been conducted in the State.  

In order to better focus public health resources on the changing needs of California communities, the state is no longer collecting information about how individuals contracted COVID-19. Community transmission of COVID-19 has been identified in California since late February, and since early March, most of the confirmed cases in the state were not related to travel outside of the United States.

California is no longer including the death of the one non-California resident. That death is being included in another state’s tally.

Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 65 cases
  • Age 18-49: 2,973 cases
  • Age 50-64: 1,447 cases
  • Age 65+: 1,252 cases
  • Unknown: 26 cases

Gender of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Female: 2,581 cases
  • Male: 3,083 cases
  • Non-binary: 0 cases
  • Unknown: 99 cases



Santa Clara County announced more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, March 30 (some of these cases include cases not previously reported). The total number of people who have died from the virus has reached 28 and almost 850 people have tested positive for COVID-19.


Santa Clara County along with six other Bay Area jurisdictions have announced that they will soon be extending their shelter-in-place orders until at least May 1, 2020. They expect to be making an official announcement in the next few days. This is being done in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease.



As of Monday. March 30th, Santa Cruz County has 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Sunday, March 29, the county announced the first death of a resident due to complications related to the virus.


To assist residents struggling with financial hardship during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Santa Cruz County is offering a special COVID-19 Penalty Waiver Form for late fees and interest due on property taxes. They add that tax due dates including the April 10, 2020 installment date are established under State law and cannot be changed by local governments. However, they say existing State law does allow for late fee and penalty waivers to be considered for “situations beyond the taxpayer’s control.”

In Monterey County they have a similar provision in place. Their message is that the April 10 deadline must remain in place to ensure that essential county, city, school and special district services can continue. They add if you can pay your property taxes on time, you are obligated to do so.



Natividad Hospital in Salinas is opening an isolation unit on March 30, for patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and those under investigation of having the virus. They have so far conducted 250 tests and 10 people have tested positive. They are confident that if there is a significant surge over the next few weeks they’ll be able to cope with the increased cases.


The city of Monterey public library will be starting virtual events tomorrow.


Residents of the city of Monterey are being encouraged to register for text alerts from the city. Text "93940" to "888777" or register cell phones at


The city of Monterey is reminding and urging the public to go for walks in their neighbourhoods. They say if you have to drive to walk you are doing too much. They have also closed a boat ramp in the harbor used by leisure fishermen. The industrial fishing industry is operating as normal as they are deemed essential.


The city of Pacific Grove has announced that the State is demobilizing Asilomar as a quarantine facility. A number of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise line were quarantined at the location recently. The city says the Office of Emergency Services (OES) has no plans to reorganize Asilomar as an isolation facility. Asilomar will remain closed as a conference center for now. The city added that all the passengers staying at Asilomar completed 14 days of isolation.

110 workers from the Asilomar Hotel and Conference Center will receive back pay for the time they were furloughed when the State converted the location to a quarantine site. They will be paid as long as the facility is closed - until April 15th.


The SPCA Monterey County is urging the public with pets to create a plan for those pets in case you get sick. They say discuss this with your family to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency. Other tips include preparing a pet supply kit which has things like contact information, vaccination records and any medications.


Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker is hosting a “hot topics” virtual meeting on Monday, March 30, from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Parker will be joined by county staff who can share details about the local emergency operations response to the novel coronavirus and the 'shelter-in-place' order that is working to slow the rate of transmission and illness. 

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