COVID-19

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.

Andy Boy

Many businesses across the Central Coast, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, are slowing or have shut down. But that isn’t the case for one of our region’s most important sectors, agriculture. In fact, even with or perhaps because of COVID-19,  this industry is thriving. 

 

Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula

Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula recently issued an urgent call for volunteers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. What happened next even surprised the Meals on Wheels staff.

Alicia Jimenez, PVUSD

 


 

The majority of public school students in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties qualify for free and reduced school meals. With schools shut down everywhere due to the coronavirus, local school districts are stepping up. They’re offering free meals at school sites for all students 18 and younger. Links to which school sites are serving meals and when are listed below.

 

The Stationaery

The hospitality industry on the Monterey Peninsula typically employs more than 23,000 workers. But these are not normal times and restaurants and workers are now struggling to find a new normal.

Michelle Loxton

 

The Monterey County Public Health Laboratory is testing for COVID-19 seven days a week. And they are finding positive cases in the county. KAZU got a tour of the facility, and found out about the challenges the state-run lab is facing.

Michelle Loxton

The City of Monterey has initiated a daily news briefing to update the media on the city’s response to the coronavirus. Click here for the latest updates from the City.  

Panetta Institute for Public Policy

 

As of Monday morning, more than 4,000 people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19, including nearly 500 in California, according to Johns Hopkins University. KAZU News recently spoke with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who’s lived most of his life in Carmel Valley, about the coronavirus outbreak. 

 

Doug McKnight

The economic effects of the coronavirus are not just reflected in the plummeting stock market. Visitor dependent Monterey County is already feeling the squeeze. You just have to spend time in a tourist area to see the impact.

California Department of Public Health

All Californians are under orders from Governor Gavin Newsom to stay home in light of the coronavirus.

 

Erika Mahoney

 


KAZU News has learned more about the quarantine of some Grand Princess cruise ship passengers in Pacific Grove.

Asilomar Conference Grounds

According to the California Office of Emergency Services, up to 24 passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, currently docked off Oakland, will be quarantined in Pacific Grove. They'll stay at a cluster of buildings on the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 


 

Over the last few days, Santa Cruz County officials confirmed that two community members have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

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By Lauren Chapman / Side Effects - WFYI

As cases of coronavirus spread across California, we know there are lots of questions about it -- including how to avoid getting sick. We also know there's plenty of misinformation about this new virus, so we want to help you sort fact from fiction. 

 

What is coronavirus and COVID-19?

California Department of Public Health

A Santa Cruz County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. According to County officials, the resident had previously traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico.

Michelle Loxton

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz or Monterey counties, but local health officials are still preparing. Twelve counties in California have reported cases of the virus. On Wednesday, the first death occurred in the state.