COVID-19

Erika Mahoney

 

On July 2, the California Department of Public Health added Monterey County to the state’s COVID-19 watch list due to elevated disease transmission and hospitalizations. County officials also announced sweeping beach closures. This year, Fourth of July will feel quite different. 

Rachael Ramirez

 


As California grapples with the balance between public health and economic recovery, businesses across the state are beginning to reopen with new regulations. Many business owners are finding that reopening is a lot harder than shutting down; the road back to normal is filled with red flags, red tape and a lot of red ink.

Michelle Loxton

 


The opioid epidemic may not be in the spotlight these days, but it’s still very much present in our local community. Hospitals continue to see overdoses and the coronavirus pandemic is making the situation even worse. 

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

 


A young COVID-19 patient from Salinas has a message for other people his age. He says, if you don’t think you can catch COVID-19, you’re wrong.

CSUMB

Earlier this spring, the California State University system announced it will hold most fall classes online. Online classes existed at CSU before the pandemic, but never on this scale. Now many in academia are wondering if virtual classes are a short-term solution or a long-term trend.

Mario Hoppman (AWI Germany).

 

In September 2019, a year-long experiment began. Publicized as the largest Central Arctic expedition in history, it was to be the closest ever look at the Arctic to better understand climate change. This experiment involves hundreds of scientists from around the world, including two from right here in Monterey. But it is currently compromised because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Doug McKnight

 

Emergency relief for undocumented immigrants became available last week in California, but demand outweighs the supply of cash. For years, advocates have been fighting to shore up the economic safety net for these workers, many of whom are in essential industries. Now, they say more assistance is crucial. 

UC Santa Cruz.

Adequate COVID-19 testing is seen as one of the key requirements needed to contain the coronavirus outbreak. This week, California health officials announced how much testing local counties need to be doing in order to qualify to re-open their communities.

Doug McKnight

 

Over the next three months, tens of thousands of migrant farmworkers will converge on the Central Coast to do something deemed essential in the time of COVID-19, harvest our food. The speciality crops farmed locally, like strawberries and leafy greens, require a lot of hand labor. But the dramatic increase in population could trigger a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

It's been just over a month since KAZU’s Erika Mahoney interviewed Dr. Allen Radner, Chief Medical Officer of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Dr. Radner is also an infectious disease specialist and has connections to all of the hospitals in Monterey County. This week, Dr. Radner discussed updates on COVID-19 testing, what it’s like inside the hospital and lessons learned. 

City of Monterey

 


The weekend is here and California Governor Gavin Newsom just closed beaches in Orange County. Locally, there are various beach restrictions along the Central Coast. Cities and counties have different rules and it can be confusing. We help sort it out.

Erika Mahoney

 


With people stuck at home, the value of an old-fashioned phone call has taken on new meaning. KAZU News spotlights two local organizations who are making dozens of calls each day to check-in with their clients, all while facing their own struggles.

Lee Hicks Photography

Of all of the Monterey County residents facing challenges from the coronavirus, its homeless are among the most vulnerable. For them, even normal times are difficult. Yet now, the pandemic and the shelter-in-place orders have put homeless people at even greater risk.

Monterey County Public Health Laboratory.

 

The Monterey County Public Health Laboratory has increased its COVID-19 testing capacity seven-fold over the last 5 weeks. It’s thanks to one graduate student who offered a helping hand, after a story aired on local public radio.

 

 

Erika Mahoney

 


The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is April 22. This year, the global day of environmental action is set against a global pandemic. KAZU News spoke with local officials who are monitoring the effects of the coronavirus on different parts of our local environment, and they had some advice.  

City of Monterey

The City of Monterey has announced plans to lay off 84 city employees as a result of a dramatic decline in city revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Monterey County Office of Education

 

Around 78,000 Monterey County students are no longer in school. At least not physically in school, but rather learning virtually or from a distance. COVID-19 has forced educators, parents and students to convert their homes into classrooms. And for some children with special needs, this new challenge has also created a unique opportunity.

 

 

 

David Hills / FishyPictures and David Hills Photography

The commercial salmon fishing season along the Central Coast is about to launch. California’s fishing industry is designated as essential by Governor Gavin Newsom, but their usual markets, restaurants, are all but shut down because of the coronavirus. That’s spelling trouble for local fishermen and women. Still, some believe there’s a silver lining to this crisis.

Erika Mahoney

Workers at the Asilomar Hotel and Conference Center will receive back pay while they are furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic. The workers, all members of Unite Here Local 483, were immediately let go when the conference grounds were selected to temporarily quarantine passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship. 

Richard Green, photographer

 

As the number of COVID-19 cases across the Monterey Bay area increases, KAZU News spoke with Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Radner. Their hospital in Salinas has an alternative care site and a triage tent setup right outside the ER during the coronavirus crisis. Dr. Radner is also an infectious disease specialist.

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