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Friday Updates: 6/19/20

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2:10 p.m.

California is reporting, as of June 18, 165,416 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 5,360 people have died from the coronavirus. That marks an increase of 70 deaths and 4,317 cases from the day before. Local health departments have reported 12,914 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 80 deaths statewide. There have been 3,155,702 tests conducted in California.


11:55 a.m.

Santa Cruz County officials are distributing COVID-19 safety signs to local businesses and organizations. The imagery includes a “screaming hand” to remind people about the importance of hand washing. The signs are available in English and Spanish and are being distributed at no cost. Interested businesses can request one by emailing

10:30 a.m.

Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of June 19, 283 total known cases of COVID-19 with 63 active known cases. That marks an increase of 10 cases since June 18. Fatalities remain at 2. A total of 218 people have recovered from the coronavirus and 36 have required hospitalization. 12,567 negative test results have been recorded.


2 p.m.

Under the state’s new order that Californians must wear face masks in most settings outside the home, Dr. Edward Moreno is reminding people to avoid touching their face and face mask. Moreno added that if communities want dine-in restaurant services to continue and schools to reopen that everyone needs to work together to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

1:55 p.m.

Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno says the county continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases. He says the virus is disproportionately affecting Latino families and agricultural workers.

1:50 p.m.

Monterey County Free Libraries will begin curbside service next week. Users can pick up materials they put on hold at their local branch.

The Library by Mail program is still available. Over 1,500 library items have been mailed via the service. Lunch at the Library and the Summer Reading program are running. The library has provided over 1,000 meals to kids each week and over 350 kids have signed up for the Summer Reading program.

  • Speak to a library staff member at 831-883-7555, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm  (English and Spanish) 

1:35 p.m.
Today’s “soft opening” of the Monterey Sports Center includes compliance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent order for Californians to wear masks. Masks are required at the Sports Center, even for those exercising. According to Monterey city officials, the soft opening went well and visitors were receptive to the new mask requirements.


10:25 a.m.


Monterey County is reporting, as of June 19, 1,156 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county says that’s an increase of 35 cases over a 24 hour period. Fatalities remain at 12. 98 people have required hospitalization for the coronavirus. 674 have recovered. 17,456 tests have been conducted in Monterey County.