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Thursday Updates: 5/14/20


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The California Department of Public Health says as of May 13, there are 73,164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. 3,032 people have died. That’s an increase of 98 deaths since May 12. Local health departments have reported 7,752 confirmed positive cases among healthcare workers with 42 deaths statewide. 1.1 million tests have been conducted in California as of May 13.


1:45 p.m.

All community members can now get tested at four new testing sites in the area. That means anyone can make an appointment regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19. These testing sites are run by the state and can do up to 132 tests per day.

  • Salinas - Alisal High School (777 Williams Rd, Salinas) Tuesday - Saturday, 8AM to 8PM
  • Greenfield - Greenfield Branch Library (315 El Camino Real, Greenfield) Tuesday - Saturday, 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Watsonville - Ramsay Park Family Center (1301 Main Street, Watsonville) Wednesday - Sunday, 7AM to 7 PM
  • Hollister - Veteran’s Memorial Building (649 San Benito St, Hollister CA) Sunday - Thursday, 8AM to 8PM

By appointment only: 1-888-634-1123
Or, click here to make an appointment

If you don’t have health insurance, testing is free. Otherwise, insurance will be billed to cover the costs.


12:05 p.m

Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel said hair and nail salons are still on pause because these activities involve close contact. She said they’re part of Stage 3 of California’s Resilience Roadmap along with movie theaters and religious centers. Currently, California is in Stage 2 of the roadmap to reopening.

12 p.m.

Santa Cruz County officials expect the county will move through Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap more quickly than the state. Certain criteria must be met in order for that to happen, including no COVID-19 deaths in a span of 14 days, enough personal protection equipment, or PPE, for frontline workers, and adequate testing and contact tracing capabilities. 

Santa Cruz County is working to meet the criteria, but expects the soonest that would be possible is at least a month out. When that happens, further restrictions can be lifted. For example, restaurants could open under strict safety guidelines.

11:45 a.m.

Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newell lifted some shelter-in-place restrictions last week to move with the state into Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to reopening. Certain low-risk businesses can now do curbside pick-up and delivery, such as book stores, clothing stores, florists and sporting good stores. Manufacturing and supply chain businesses that support these can also re-open. Social distancing must be practiced at all times. Click here to read the supplemental order.

11:10 a.m.

Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel says there are no current hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients. She added there are only 29 known active cases out of Santa Cruz County’s total confirmed count of 149 cases.

11:05 a.m.

As of May 14, there have been 149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Santa Cruz County residents. That’s an increase of 3 cases since the county’s report on May 13. Fatalities remain at two people, 22 have required hospitalization and 120 have recovered from the virus. 5,287 negative tests have been recorded in the county.


9:10 p.m.

As of May 13, there have been 317 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents.That’s an increase of 9 cases since the county’s report on May 12. Fatalities remain at 6 people, 45 have required hospitalization and 158 have recovered from the virus. Local labs have conducted 4,795 tests in the county as of May 13.

4:30 p.m.

Everyone’s Harvest, which operates five local certified farmers’ markets, will be back out in front of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in Salinas from 12:30pm to 5:30pm Friday (450 East Romie Lane, Salinas). The market will operate under their social distancing plan.

2:35 p.m.

The city of Monterey is considering extending outdoor restaurant seating on Alvarado Street, Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. Ideas under consideration include closing Alvarado to traffic to allow for the extra seating. Additional seating would be necessary to achieve social distancing while maintaining the same number of tables for restaurants during the pandemic. The plans are still being evaluated and the city is seeking input from local businesses.

2:20 p.m.

The city of Monterey will nail down next year’s budget gap for the city council meeting on May 27. Currently, the gap is projected to be between $14 and $23 million.

1:55 p.m.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against Jeffrey LeTowt, the owner of The Tuck Box restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea for violating stay-at-home orders. According to the District Attorney’s office, he provided table service at his restaurant, didn’t wear a face covering, and failed to implement social distancing protocols. He’s charged with three misdemeanor counts, which carry the possibility of up to a $1,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment. The District Attorney’s Office said he was warned by multiple agencies that his actions violated state and local orders.

1:25 p.m.

The 2020 Monterey Jazz Festival has been postponed a year due to COVID-19. It marks the first postponement in the festival’s 62-year history. Originally scheduled for September 25-27, 20202, the Monterey Jazz Festival will now take place September 24-26, 2021. People who bought tickets can donate the value of the tickets to support the festival, transfer the tickets to next year’s festival (no action required), or request a full refund

9:30 a.m.

As of May 12, there have been 308 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents.That’s an increase of 9 cases since the county’s report on May 11. Fatalities remain at 6 people, 45 have required hospitalization and 153 have recovered from the virus. Local labs have conducted 4,416 tests in the county as of May 9.

The agriculture industry continues to have the most confirmed cases in Monterey County. As of May 11, 123 cases are in the ag industry out of the county’s 308 cases.