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Wednesday Updates: 5/13/20


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2:45 p.m.

California is currently in the early part of ‘Stage 2’ in the Resilience Roadmap. The Roadmap dictates how the state will slowly reopen. 

The goal is to open the state in a way that minimizes the risk for COVID-19.
The California Department of Public Health has announced today (May 13) that nine additional counties have met the requirements to move further into 'Stage 2'.
A full list of counties can be found here
Statewide guidance for these sectors is available here.

2:35 p.m.

As of May 12, California has 71,141 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s a daily increase of 1,759 cases. A total of 2,943 people have died from the virus. That represents an increase of 87 deaths from the prior day.

1,065,592 tests have been conducted.
A more complete picture of racial and ethnicity demographics can be found here
Local health departments have reported 7,496 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 40 deaths statewide.


10:40 a.m.

As of May 12, Santa Clara County is reporting 2,364 cases of COVID-19 among residents. Fatalities have reached 130. Officials are reporting 1 new death and 28 new cases. 100 patients are hospitalized, 34 in ICU. 42,720 tests have been conducted. 


5:30 p.m.

The Food Bank for Monterey County will conduct a drive-thru community food distribution this Friday, May 15, from 9:30 to 11:30am at Monterey Peninsula College.

Any person experiencing food insecurity is able to access this distribution. Attendees are asked to access the campus via Iris Canyon Road/Fishnet Road off of Fremont Street. Food will be placed by Food Bank personnel and National Guard members into your empty trunk.

3:40 p.m.

Monterey County says their two new COVID-19 testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield will remain open for at least the next 60 days. These facilities are part of the state’s efforts to expand testing

The public can book an appointment online or by calling 1-888-634-1123.

3:35 p.m.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued 17 citations for violating the current shelter-in-place order.

3:30 p.m.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office says no inmates or staff have tested positive for COVID-19. 20 inmates were tested for the virus based on potential exposure or symptoms.

58 inmates were released early in cooperation with the superior court. An additional 61 have been released based on California’s current $0 bail system. 

Their current jail population has averaged between 590-600 inmates over the past two weeks.

3:15 p.m.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a scam. There have been reports of someone phoning individuals, identifying themselves as a member of the Sheriff's Office, and requesting payment for a judicial warrant. The Sheriff does not collect fees over the phone. 

You can verify the legitimacy of a claim by calling the Sheriff’s Office on 831-755-3722.

3:10 p.m.

Natividad says it has created two negative pressure rooms for COVID-19 patients. These isolation rooms are used to prevent cross-contamination from room to room. The hospital has never had rooms like this before. 

Tents are set up outside the hospital. One for COVID-19 patients and the other for overflow of patients with other medical needs. 

Natividad is currently seeing COVID-19 patients decrease. They are though, starting to see non-coronavirus emergency patients increase, after they observed the public being hesitant to visit the E.R. 
The hospital is urging the public to seek help if they need it.

1:40 p.m.

Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno says they have been using the University of Pennsylvania's CHIME model as one of their tools for COVID-19 capacity planning.
He says it is impossible to say for certain what the future holds, but he is now predicting a possible surge in coronavirus cases towards the end of May or into June.

1:20 p.m.

The Maiden Factor round-the-world sailing tour has been suspended and has cancelled it’s stop in Monterey. The foundation will continue to campaign for girls education rights online.

1:15 p.m.

Monterey Police is honoring National Police Week from May 10 -16.  All events will be virtual this year on social media accounts.  The week pays tribute to officers whose lives were lost in the line of duty.

1 p.m.

The City of Monterey is moving forward with some projects unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic. In a virtual workshop, to be held tonight (May 13) at 6 pm, they will address plans to adapt transportation infrastructure for predicted sea-level rise.
A survey at the conclusion of the workshop will ask for public input.
Details and ways to register can be found here: Transportation Adaptation Plan webinar.

10:45 a.m.

The two community COVID-19 testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield are now inviting the general public to book appointments to get tested. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested.

They are located at Alisal High School (777 Williams Road, Salinas) and the Greenfield Branch of the Monterey County Free Libraries (315 El Camino Real, Greenfield). The sites are open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8am to 8pm.

Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting booking online.

10:40 a.m.

The Artichoke Festival has cancelled its annual summer celebration, scheduled for August 8-9, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey. The event will instead take place June 5-6 in 2021.

The Artichoke Festival will refund all pre-purchased tickets by patrons for the 2020 event.

10:30 a.m.

As of May 11, Monterey County is reporting 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. That represents a daily increase of 11 cases. Fatalities remain at 6. 4,339 tests have been conducted.

When studying which industries COVID-19 patients work in, the agriculture industry has the most cases at 119. That’s a daily increase of 5 cases.


5:10 p.m.

Senior classes in Santa Cruz County are continuing through the shelter-in-place order through Zoom and video. Classes include Qi Gong, Line Dancing, Memoir Writing, Gentle Yoga, Book Club, iDevice Discoveries, Building iPad Skills, and one-on-one tech support.

Although senior trips have been canceled for summer, the Walking Adventure Group continues to enjoy weekly scavenger hunts and photo shares of their neighborhood walks, and online meet-ups.

10:20 a.m.

Santa Cruz County is reporting as of May 11, 146 known cases of COVID-19 in the county. This represents an increase of 4 causes since May 7. Fatalities remain at 2. 

5,066 negative lab results have been recorded.

9:30 a.m.

In compliance with the Santa Cruz County Public Health Order and in collaboration with recreation agencies throughout Santa Cruz County, the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation department will be offering summer programming at Harvey West Park. 

Following the model established by the County Health Officer, camps are limited to 12 participants with assigned leaders dedicated to each group. Camps will provide arts and crafts, games, activities, outdoor and growth experiences.

Youth and adult classes will be modified to offer either online or in person classes.

Registration for both summer camps and classes begins May 20, at 9am for city residents, and 11am for non-residents. Register here
Or by phone from May 21.  Parks and Recreation administration staff are available by phone Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm at (831) 420-5270.