Wednesday Updates: 7/8/20
In California, as of July 6, there are 277,774 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have resulted in 6,448 deaths. The state saw a daily increase of 6,090 cases and 111 deaths. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 199 from Sunday. Over 4.8 million tests have been conducted. The positivity rate over the last 14 days is 6.8 percent.
Monterey County has been informed by the state that a new health order, that imposes certain restrictions on the business sector, is now in place (as of July 8). The order will remain in effect until three weeks after the county no longer exceeds the state’s thresholds. That means from today bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, must close all indoor and outdoor operations. Dine-in restaurants, wineries, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms must close indoor operations.
As of July 8, Monterey County is exceeding the state’s threshold’s in two categories: case rates per 100,000 people, and the positivity rate. The county is currently not exceeding the state’s threshold when it comes to recent hospitalizations.
The Grower Shipper Association of the Central Coast (GSA) has teamed with Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS) to provide COVID-19 testing for agricultural workers with more timely results. The association says they created this option because they were hearing from workers that test results were taking up to six days to arrive. This was causing labor shortages on farms. The association says ag workers can now be tested with or without symptoms and through this program results are available within 48 hours. The program allows for testing to happen in preferred locations for farm workers.
Monterey County is currently reporting 2,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 31 cases in a 24 hour period. Fatalities remain at 17. A total of 155 people have required hospitalization, three in the last 24 hours. 30,738 tests have been conducted. The county’s positivity rate is at 7.38%.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of July 8, 503 known cases of COVID-19. On July 7, they reported two new cases. Currently there are 211 active known cases. 289 have recovered from the coronavirus. A total of 51 people have required hospitalization. 19,691 negative tests have been recorded.