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Monday Updates: 7/13/20



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3:20 p.m.

Santa Clara County is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 testing site in Gilroy this week. It will be located at the South County Annex on Wren Avenue. Testing is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can walk-up without an appointment, symptoms, insurance, or doctor’s note and regardless of their immigration status. Take a video tour of a pop-up testing site to know what to expect.


11:40 a.m.

In Santa Cruz County, as of July 13, they are reporting 569 known cases of COVID-19 that have resulted in three deaths. A total of 54 people have required hospitalization. 21,636 negative lab tests have been recorded.


2:40 p.m.

The City of Monterey and the Monterey County Food Bank continue to distribute produce on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. On Monday July 13th, 170 families and seniors participated. The produce is distributed in the parking lot at Dennis the Menace Parking Lot (777 Pearl St. Monterey) and those interested must make a reservation.


1 p.m.


74 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Monterey County jail. That's out of a total jail population of over 700. The sheriff’s office says they do not know who ‘patient zero' is, but the first inmate case was discovered when an inmate tested positive for the coronavirus last Monday as part of standard procedure before a medical operation. Of all the positive cases, one inmate has been hospitalized. 

Inmates who have tested positive have been isolated together in a separate housing unit. New inmates are also being quarantined when they arrive at the jail and only before testing negative can an inmate enter general population. A total of 250 tests have been conducted.

Two staff members have also tested positive. One was unrelated to the outbreak at the jail.

In an effort to decrease the inmate population 34 inmates with non violent offenses have been released. More releases are being discussed.  Once released, if an inmate tests positive for the coronavirus the county is making alternative housing sites available to these inmates.

11:35 a.m.

Monterey County is reporting, as of July 13, 2,790 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have resulted in 18 deaths. There has been an increase of 108 cases and no deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of people who have been hospitalized is 178. The total number of tests conducted is 33,898.


1:15 p.m.

Effective immediately, California Governor Gavin Newsom is ordering the closure of all statewide indoor operations at dine-in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and cardrooms. All bar operations must close too. 

If your county is on the state’s COVID-19 watch list for three days, closures must also occur at fitness centers, places of worship, personal care services, hair salons and malls. Monterey and San Benito counties are on the list.

11:30 a.m.

In California, as of July 12, there are 329,162 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have resulted in 7,040 deaths. That’s a daily increase of 8,358 new cases and 23 new deaths. The rate of positive tests over the last 14 days is 7.4 percent. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 163 from July 11. More than 5.5 million tests have been conducted.