Monday Updates: 6/8/20
California is reporting, as of June 8, 131,319 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 4,653 people have died from the coronavirus. That is an increase of 27 deaths and 2,507 cases from the day before. Local health departments have reported 11,111 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 66 deaths statewide. There have been 2,431,190 tests conducted in California.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has released guidance for public schools on how to safely reopen. The guidebook will serve as a road map of recommendations for schools as they work with their local public health officials and school communities to navigate next steps. There are recommendations for face coverings, physical distancing, and symptom screening should schools plan to provide some form of in-person instruction and distance learning.
The Monterey County Free Libraries’ summer reading program is going virtual. Participants can start signing up from today (June 8) by calling 831-883-7555 or emailing email@example.com Books are available for download or can be mailed to participants.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is preparing to reopen but does not have an official opening date yet. More businesses, including museums, zoos and aquariums, recently received approval from the state and the county to reopen from June 12. Visitors will be limited to 250 guests per hour using tickets with assigned times. All staff and visitors will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. There will be a one-way path through the facility and visitors will be encouraged to spend time outside on the tide pool deck. The first days the aquarium is open will be for members only as a thank you for their support.
Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno says businesses included in Governor Newsom’s recent guidance for further reopening will be allowed to reopen in the county if they wish to do so from June 12.
State guidance for these industries:
Local guidance for all industries can be found here.
Residents with questions are encouraged to call the county's hotline on 831-755-4521.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and the Food Bank for Monterey County will be hosting a drive-thru food bank event today (Monday, June 8) from 2 - 3 p.m. at the Seaside High School (2200 Noche Buena St, Seaside). Recipients are asked to stay in their vehicles.
Monterey County is reporting, as of June 7, 751 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county says that’s an increase of 19 cases since the day before. A total of 74 people have required hospitalization for the coronavirus. 424 people have recovered from the virus. 12,418 tests have been conducted in the county.
The Monterey Public Library will be reopening this Thursday, June 11, for grab and go curbside pick-up. Operating hours will be Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Customers will receive a notice that their hold is ready for pickup. They must bring their library card, wear a face mask, and practice social distancing. The community currently has over 2,000 items on hold for pick up.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are doing some virtual events as part of their Summer Reading program for adults. The events will include a series of literature reading and discussion, intended to provide access to literature to those who may have had limited opportunities to “experience literature’s joys, pleasures, and challenges”. The first event is this Wednesday, June 10, from 1:30 - 3 p.m. via Zoom. Details here.
Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of June 8, 234 known cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 3 cases from June 6. A total of 32 people have required hospitalization and 184 have recovered from the coronavirus. Fatalities remain at 2. 10,044 negative test results have been recorded.