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Thursday Updates: 6/18/20

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3:25 p.m.

California is reporting, as of June 17, 161,099 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 5,290 people have died from the coronavirus. That marks an increase of 82 deaths and 4,084 cases from the day before. Local health departments have reported 12,685 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 78 deaths statewide. There have been 3,074,530 tests conducted in California.

12:45 p.m.

California Public Health Officials are now requiring Californians to wear face coverings in most settings outside the home. Governor Newsom said too many people aren’t covering their face and putting the state’s progress at risk. 

People must wear face coverings in the situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
  • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; 
  • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; 
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; 
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; 
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.

The following individuals are exempt:

  • Children aged two and under;
  • Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines. 
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence;
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others;
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.


10:20 a.m.

Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of June 18, 273 total known cases of COVID-19 with 54 active known cases. That marks an increase of 4 cases since June 17. Fatalities remain at 2. A total of 217 people have recovered from the coronavirus and 34 have required hospitalization. 12,483 negative test results have been recorded.


1:50 p.m.

Sign-up reservations are now being taken for the Monterey Sports Center. Reservations are made in 15 minute increments and visitors may stay for up to an hour. 100 people are allowed in at any given time. Complete details are available on the sign-up page.

11:15 a.m.

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership has compiled local data about the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes data on unemployment, layoffs, projected sales and total occupancy tax and projected budget deficits. Click here for the infographic.

10:15 a.m.

Monterey County is reporting, as of June 18, 1,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county says that’s an increase of 46 cases over a 24 hour period. Fatalities remain at 12. 95 people have required hospitalization for the coronavirus. 649 have recovered. 17,260 tests have been conducted in Monterey County.