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Tuesday Updates: 5/12/20


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5 p.m. | California officials announced today additional sectors that can open statewide as part of the state’s Stage 2 roadmap to reopening.

These include office workspaces where teleworking is not possible, outdoor museums and limited personal services (such as car washes, dog-grooming and landscaping).  Protections will need to be put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Statewide guidance for these sectors is available here.


2:30 p.m. |As of May 11, California is reporting 69,382 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is an increase of 1,443 cases since May 10. 

Deaths from the virus have reached 2,847, marking an increase of 77 deaths since the prior day. 
1,033,370 tests have been conducted in California and according to the state this represents an increase of 41,473 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.


4:50 p.m. | Santa Cruz County has updated their shelter-in-place order to clarify rules on certain activities. They say large events, nail salons and massage services remain on pause. The county’s FAQ page answers a variety of questions about healthcare operations, caretaking and education, and businesses.

12 p.m. | Casa of Santa Cruz County or Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, says in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they are actively witnessing the risk of child abuse and neglect increase dramatically.

During shelter-in-place CASA volunteers are continuing to spend time with one child each week, getting to know them and gathering information from everyone involved in the child’s case. If you would like to get involved for a few hours a week you can sign up here.

10:30 a.m. | Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of May 11, 146 known cases of COVID-19. This represents an increase of 4 cases since May 7, when the county last reported cases. Fatalities remain at 2 and 4,977 negative test results have been recorded.


10:20 a.m. |As of May 11, Santa Clara County has 2,341 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 129 people have died from the virus. This represents 7 new cases and no new deaths from their prior report. 102 people are currently hospitalized, 33 in ICU. 

41,750 tests have been conducted.


7:10 p.m. | The fall 2020 semester at Cal State Monterey Bay will be through virtual instruction. President Eduardo Ochoa announced the decision Tuesday, saying this is consistent with CSU guidelines. He said the health and safety of the CSUMB community is the university’s top priority.

1:35 p.m. | This Friday, May 15, the Monterey County Business Council and Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the County of Monterey and City of Salinas will present a webinar called Reopening Your Business: The Plans for Monterey County. 

The webinar will take place from 10-11am.

Attendees can learn more about checklists that must be completed for childcare facilities, construction, agriculture, hospitality, real estate, retail, auto dealers, office buildings, and more.
Details on speakers and how to register can be found here.

1:30 p.m. | The City of Monterey says because of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, they are estimating an operating budget loss for the next fiscal year (July 2020 - July 2021) of between $14 - 20 million. 

Division Managers are working on cost cuts for their departments. The proposals will be presented at a May 27 meeting.

12:15 p.m. | The City of Monterey will host a virtual town hall on parking this Thursday, May 14, at 6 pm. (Details on how to view this town hall are expected later today).
The discussion will include possible increases and structural changes to city parking. For example, both downtown garages may switch to an all day parking fee and parking meter fees in Cannery Row may increase as you get closer to businesses and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The changes, in part, will help boost city revenue, cutting losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

10 a.m. | As of May 10, there are 288 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Monterey County. This represents a daily increase of 9 cases. Fatalities remain at 6. 

4,058 tests have been conducted. 

The county has been providing a breakdown in demographic data including age group, race, area of residence and employment industry.

9:40 a.m. | Monterey County is launching the Great Plates Delivered program locally to support vulnerable seniors in need. 

Through Great Plates Delivered, the county will partner with local restaurants and food providers for home delivery of up to three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week for adults 60 and older who are at high-risk from COVID-19.

The program will also serve as an economic stimulus relief to participating restaurants and workers that are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. The selection of food providers will be determined based on certain criteria.

Restaurants already participating in a state or federal meal service program will not be eligible to participate in Great Plates Delivered.

Older residents (60 and over) that would like to receive meals can call 2-1-1 for initial screening and begin the application process.

Food providers can apply here.