Wednesday Updates: 6/10/20
California has, as of June 9, 136,191 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 4,776 people have died from the coronavirus. That is an increase of 79 deaths and 2,702 cases from the day before. Local health departments have reported 11,374 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 67 deaths statewide. 2,540,798 tests have been conducted in California.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Santa Clara County is requiring all large healthcare systems to provide COVID-19 testing for patients in high-risk categories. This includes patients with symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, and those with higher-risk of exposure like front-line workers or those who use public transport. The county says although testing supply shortages have hampered efforts to ramp up testing in some systems, most supply issues are now being addressed, and healthcare providers who are experiencing shortages of testing supplies are now able to obtain assistance from the State of California’s Testing Task Force.
Santa Clara County is reporting, as of June 10, 3,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 146 people have died from the coronavirus. That county says this represents an increase of 15 new cases and no new deaths. 61 people are currently hospitalized, with 22 in ICU. 93,623 tests have been conducted.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
The City of Santa Cruz is returning to normal parking operations at downtown garages from June 15. Parking garages and lots will resume fees at the normal rate of $1.25 per hour, however, there will be a temporary reduction to $3.75 for the daily maximum charge. (The normal daily maximum charge is $10.) The Parking Services division will also be accommodating outdoor seating and curbside pickup for retail and restaurant establishments by providing on-street parking spaces. This is part of a recent executive order.
The Great Plates Delivered program in Santa Cruz County has been granted an extension by the state and federal partners. The program was previously scheduled to end June 10. The extension allows the program to continue for another 30 days, through July 10. The program aims to address the food needs of vulnerable older adults and support local restaurants and caterers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of June 10, 239 known cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 4 cases since June 8. Fatalities remain at 2. A total of 34 people have required hospitalization because of the coronavirus. 197 people have recovered. 10,279 tests have been conducted.
Monterey County health officials are working with public schools to consider keeping distance learning options in place as schools look to reopen in the fall. This is in case of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. The state released guidance recently on how public schools can safely reopen.
As more businesses and industries begin to reopen this Friday, June 12, including hotels, fitness centers, museums and more, Monterey County’s Health Officer is reminding the public that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to stay home. Dr. Edward Moreno says for residents who do choose to leave their homes to visit newly reopened businesses there are now more options. But he does recommend residents stay at home as much as possible to protect themselves from COVID-19, particularly if you are at high-risk of getting the coronavirus. Health officials add that if you do leave your home, face coverings are still required, as is social distancing. The county's shelter-in-place order is still in effect.
Merchants and restaurants in Cannery Row and along Alvarado St. in downtown Monterey have decided not to expand outdoor seating into the streets for now. To do so would have required shutting down those streets. The plan to allow seating in the streets was an effort to accommodate orders to socially distance while still maintaining the same number of tables at the restaurants. Many of the restaurants already have outdoor seating along adjacent sidewalks.
This Thursday, June 11, for one day only, Natividad and the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will be offering free testing at Seaside High School. The drive-thru testing event will start at 11 a.m. and has capacity for 100 people. You do not need to have symptoms to be tested. No identification or insurance card is required.
Monterey County is currently reporting 791 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county says that’s an increase of 28 cases compared to their previous report. 11 people have died from the coronavirus. A total of 79 people have required hospitalization and 488 people have recovered. 12,871 tests have been conducted.