Wednesday Updates: 6/3/20
California has, as of June 2, 117,687 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 4,361 people have died from the coronavirus. This is an increase of 2,377 cases and 75 deaths. Local health departments have reported 10,293 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 63 deaths statewide. 2,131,294 tests conducted in California.
Many parking lots at California’s State Parks have reopened with limited capacity. The parking lots were closed to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by discouraging overcrowding. Visitors are advised to check the restrictions at the local park they wish to visit before leaving home. Visitors are still not allowed to use the parks for recreational activities such as BBQs and chairs and coolers are not allowed. Walking, running, biking and boating are allowed.
Monterey County State Parks with increased access:
Andrew Molera SP
Carmel River SB
Fort Ord Dunes SP
Fremont Peak SP
Moss Landing SB
Salinas River SB
Santa Cruz County State Parks with increase access:
Big Basin Redwoods SP
Castle Rock SP
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
The Forest of Nisene Marks SP
Wilder Ranch SP
The Monterey County Business Council and Small Business Development Center will be presenting a webinar this Friday, June 5, from 10 - 11 a.m. with Spanish subtitles. The title of the webinar is The County's Proposal to the State for Reopening Business. Speakers include Charles McKee, County Administrative Officer, Supervisor Mary Adams, District 5 (Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach)and Supervisor John Phillips, District 2 (North County and North Salinas). Register here.
Monterey County’s Alternative Care Site and Alternative Housing Sites currently don’t have any occupants. The county says they have not needed to make use of the sites yet. Hotels and motels are currently being used instead of housing sites and local hospitals have not surged beyond capacity. The Alternative Care Site at Marina Airport could care for up to 350 patients if needed and each housing site can house up to 200 people.
Monterey County continues to see the most COVID-19 cases among residents who live in the Salinas area. Currently the county is reporting more than 350 confirmed cases in that area, out of a total number 586 cases in the entire county. Dr. Edward Moreno, the county’s health officer, says a number of factors are contributing to this. He says a testing site is located in the City of Salinas which has seen a lot of visitors. He says the Salinas area is a densely populated area which can mean the virus can spread more easily. And also that there have been a lot of family gatherings in the area which have caused community spread.
Monterey County Health Office Dr. Edward Moreno says the county continues to see COVID-19 cases originate from family gatherings. They have seen the spread of the coronavirus among families, not from the same household, that have gathered for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day events. Dr. Moreno is reminding the public that social gatherings are still a risk for the spread of the virus as asymptomatic people can still spread the virus.
Monterey County Social Services says the Great Plates Delivered program will start delivering meals in the county beginning this Thursday or Friday. The statewide program aims to help seniors and those at high-risk of contracting COVID-19 by delivering three nutritious meals a day to their homes. It also aims to help local restaurants by paying those restaurants to provide the meals. Locally 101 participants have signed up and 6 restaurants have been chosen to provide the meals. The restaurants are in Salinas, Gonzales, Marina, Prunedale, King City and Monterey. Those who qualify to receive meals can sign up by calling 211. The City of Seaside has its own Great Plates Delivered program.
Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar says that basic sales tax revenues for Q1 of 2020 are down 78%. While the city expected that there would be some decrease because of shelter-in-place orders the decline was greater than expected. The city is investigating why the decrease was so significant.
Monterey County is currently reporting 586 confirmed cases of COVID-19. They say that’s an increase of 15 new cases since their last report. Fatalities remain at 10. 69 people have required hospitalization for the virus. 364 have recovered. 11,024 tests have been conducted.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of June 2, 219 known cases of COVID-19. This is an increase of 3 cases since May 31. Fatalities remain at 2. A total of 32 residents have required hospitalization for the virus and 165 have so far recovered. 9,204 tests have been conducted.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Santa Clara County is reporting, as of June 2, 2,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 143 people have died from the coronavirus. The county says this is an increase of 17 cases and 1 death since their last report. 38 are currently hospitalized because of the virus, 11 in ICU. 78,066 tests have been conducted.