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Thursday Updates: 6/4/20


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4:15 p.m.

The California Department of Public Health says as of June 3, there are 119,807 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. 4,422 people have died. That’s an increase of 61 deaths since June 2. Local health departments have reported 10,519 confirmed positive cases in healthcare workers, with 64 deaths statewide. 2,182,671 tests have been conducted in California.


4:35 p.m.

The City of Santa Cruz is allowing the temporary use of certain public streets and outdoor areas to give restaurants and shops more space to operate safely. An order issued by the city establishes social distancing requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19 for these vendors. We have more details on today’s post of KAZU’s coronavirus blog. Click here for more information. 

11:15 a.m.

As of June 4, there are 219 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Santa Cruz County residents. That marks no increase in cases since the previous report. Fatalities remain at two people, 32 have required hospitalization and 175 have recovered from the virus. 9,376 negative tests have been recorded in the county.


11:10 a.m.

Dine-in restaurants and other businesses are reopening in San Benito County. The county was one of the first to get state approval to move further into Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to reopening. Two weeks ago, the cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista voted to close off some streets to allow outdoor dining. Safety precautions and modifications are in place for restaurants.


4:45 p.m.

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District is holding a virtual graduation for their graduating class of 2020 on Friday. The class includes 1,179 high school seniors. The ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m.

2:20 p.m.

The Monterey County Business Council will present a webinar, “The County’s Proposal to the State for Reopening Business,” in Spanish on Friday, June 5. The speakers are County Administrative Officer Charles McKee, District 5 Supervisor Mary Adams and District 2 Supervisor John Phillips. Subtitles will be in Spanish. 

 12:45 p.m.

The Monterey Public Library could become the first in the county to reopen. City officials said the library may open for curbside service early next week. It's expected an exact date will be announced on Monday, June 8. Under the plan, books and other items could be checked out online and then picked up and returned outside the building. Over 345 books have been placed on hold during the library closure. More than 1,000 books and other items are currently checked out and need to be returned. The Monterey Public Library is the oldest public library in the state.

9:30 a.m.

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will continue sharing Grab and Go Lunches throughout the summer as part of the district’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program. The program runs from June 8 to July 24. District leaders encourage everyone to practice social distancing. Meals will be available Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and noon at the following locations:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School of the Arts
  • La Mesa Elementary
  • Marshall Elementary
  • Marina VIsta Elementary
  • Los Arboles Middle 
  • Seaside High

8:50 a.m.
The Monterey County Health Department is reporting 621 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents.That marks an increase of 35 cases since the previous report. 70 residents have required hospitalization and 371 have recovered from the virus. Local labs have conducted 11,314 tests.

The majority of the cases are in Salinas, with more than 380 cases out of the total 621 confirmed cases throughout the county.