Friday Updates: 6/3/20

Jul 3, 2020

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10:55 a.m.

Monterey County is reporting, as of July 3, 1,791 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which have resulted in 15 deaths. That’s an increase of 43 cases and no deaths over a 24-hour period. 1,154 people have recovered from the virus and 137 have required hospitalization. 27,358 tests have been conducted.

10:20 a.m.

California Department of Public Health officials placed Monterey county on the COVID-19 County Data Monitoring watch list on Thursday. this in response to elevated disease transmission and hospitalizations. If the county remains on the watch list for 3 or more consecutive days, the state will require Monterey County to close all bars, and pubs, both indoors and outdoors, for at least three weeks. In addition, the state will require closure of indoor operations for dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, and more.  Factors that keep Monterey County on the list include case rates and hospitalizations. 

10:15 a.m.

Local and state beaches throughout Monterey County will be closed or have limited access over the Fourth of July weekend. The closures begin today (July 3) and will remain in effect through Sunday. Monterey County officials say this was a coordinated public health effort among peninsula cities and California State Parks over anticipated crowds at the beach. 

  • Monterey: beaches closed, ocean activity is allowed

  • Pacific Grove: beaches closed, ocean activity allowed

  • Carmel: beaches closed

  • Pebble Beach: 17 Mile Drive closed to tourist traffic, all ocean activity closed

  • California State Parks: beaches closed, ocean activity allowed

10:10 a.m.

The City of Pacific Grove is implementing a temporary closure of Ocean View Boulevard turnouts, Lovers Point Park and Lovers Point beaches over the Fourth of July weekend. The closures take effect today (Friday, July 3) and will last through Sunday, July 5. The city is expecting an influx of visitors to the coastline over the holiday weekend. Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in California, the city says they’re implementing these measures to try and minimize the impacts of the coronavirus.

The western Lovers Point Beach will remain open for water recreational activities such as surfing and swimming. Sitting or sunbathing on the beach is not allowed. The Pacific Grove Recreation Trail and Ocean View Boulevard remain open for walking, running and bicycling if people practice social distancing. The city says the public must wear masks or face coverings in these highly visited areas. 

10:05 a.m. ECHO Housing is hosting a webinar about Monterey County’s Eviction Moratorium. It will take place on July 9 at 5:30 p.m. The webinar aims to answer questions for tenants and property owners. Those interested can register here. A webinar in Spanish is available to watch anytime. 


10:55 a.m.

In California, as of July 1, there are 240,195 confirmed cases of COVID-19, that have resulted in 6,163 deaths. That’s a daily increase of 4,056 new cases and 73 deaths. The rate of positive tests over the last 14 days is 6.3 percent. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 159 from June 30. More than 4.3 million tested have been conducted.

10:45 a.m.

CAL FIRE says they are taking a zero tolerance stand against anyone in possession of or transporting illegal fireworks. They say, every year hundreds of injuries and fires are caused by illegal and misused fireworks. A recent statewide operation, conducted between June 26 and June 30, resulted in 29 felonies, 165 misdemeanor citations, 25 infractions and the confiscation of over 48,440 pounds of illegal fireworks. Fireworks that are illegal in California are those that explode, leave the ground, or move about the ground uncontrollably. Illegal fireworks include skyrockets, bottle rockets, and roman candles. Anyone caught with illegal fireworks could face severe fines and even arrest.

10:20 a.m.

California Public Health Officials are warning people to not gather with family and friends over the Fourth of July weekend to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Health officials say these gatherings are playing a significant role in the spread of the coronavirus. They say any events that include people who do not live together should not happen.


11 a.m.

In Santa Cruz County, as of July 3, there are 417 known cases of COVID-19. Fatalities remain at three. On July 2, 4 new cases were reported. There are currently 154 known active cases and a total of 49 people have required hospitalization. 17,878 negative lab test results have been recorded.

10:20 a.m.

Health officials in Santa Cruz County and other Bay Area communities are urging residents to celebrate from home this holiday weekend. They say gatherings with people from outside your household is risky. They’re recommending people stay home as much as possible, practice physical distancing, wear face coverings when heading out, and to wash your hands frequently.  Health officials are also recommending that people get tested for 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. 

Freedom Jazz!

Jul 1, 2020

Broadcast: July 5, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

A Fourth of July jazz celebration featuring the music by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Nina Simone and more.

Note: There is no audio archive available for this episode.

Wednesday Updates 7/1/20

Jul 1, 2020

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1:30 p.m.

California State Parks is closing vehicular access to all state beaches in Monterey and  Santa Cruz counties over the Fourth of July weekend (July 3-5). The vehicular closures mean that no parking facilities are available to the public and parking on roadways is prohibited. These beaches are though open to local residents that can walk or bike into these public outdoor spaces – provided that they practice physical distancing and abide by new visitor guidelines. Congregating is not allowed. 

1 p.m.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is today (July 1) directing counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors. This includes dine-in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and zoos. Guidance has been provided and applies for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to an extension. Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are not on the monitoring list. Santa Clara County is on the list.


10:15 a.m.

In Santa Cruz County, they are reporting, as of July 1, 399 known cases of COVID-19. On June 30, they saw a daily increase of 19 cases. Fatalities remain at three. 250 people are known to have recovered from the coronavirus and a total of 46 have required hospitalization. 17,127 negative tests have been recorded.


10:05 a.m.


The City of Santa Cruz’s mayor, Justin Cummings, is urging residents to remain cautious, limit gatherings and avoid crowds this weekend. The city says with beaches now open, thousands are expected to visit Santa Cruz for the Independence Day holiday. Face coverings are required for everyone, including any children over the age of 2 years old. Physical distancing of at least six feet is also strongly urged.


12:30 p.m.

The City of Monterey will from today (July 1), enforce the mandatory wearing of face coverings in business districts both inside and outside, with a fine of $100 for the first violation. Residents and visitors to the business districts are also required to maintain a six foot distance from others who are not members of the same household.

The city has also ordered a hard closure of beaches in Monterey. Del Monte, San Carlos, and McAbee beaches will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and July 5. Ocean activities will be allowed, including swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. Beach activities of any kind will be prohibited. 'No parking' will be posted on Del Monte Beach neighborhood streets, Monterey Bay Park Parking Lot, and Sand Dunes Drive near Monterey Tides Hotel. The Waterfront Lot will remain open including the area in front of and behind Dust Bowl Brewery.

10:10 a.m.

Monterey County is currently reporting 1,691 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 49 cases over a 24-hour period. Fatalities remain at 15. The number of people who have required hospitalization is 131. 1,059 have recovered from the coronavirus. 26,260 tests have been conducted.

10 a.m.

The City of Monterey is offering retail and restaurant businesses an opportunity to expand outdoors. Businesses can apply for a no-charge temporary encroachment permit that would allow them to move their products and services onto the sidewalk in front of their business location, without impacting streets or parking stalls. The city hopes this will help local businesses severely impacted by the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate Health Committee discusses plans for reopening schools and offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Monday Updates: 6/29/20

Jun 29, 2020

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10:05 a.m.

Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of June 29, 349 known cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 1 case from June 27. Fatalities remain at three. 16,374 negative test results have been recorded. A total of 44 people have required hospitalization. 238 have recovered from the virus. The county’s positivity rate is at around 2% (that’s the number of people who have tested positive out of all that have been tested for the virus).


3:10 p.m.

The 2020 Monterey County Fair set for September 3-7, has been cancelled and rescheduled for 2021. The fair will be holding a closed exhibit program and livestock show and traditional junior livestock auction format, which will be offered virtually. And, there will be a drive-through fair food experience showcasing local businesses.


3 p.m.

The Monterey County wine industry has provided some insight into what tasting experiences will be like as the community reopens during the coronavirus pandemic. Self seating will not be allowed at local tasting rooms and reservations are recommended. Tastings will be for a set time of 45 minutes and then 15 minutes will be allotted for cleaning after each set of guests leaves. Masks are required to enter the tasting rooms and if children come along parents are encouraged to bring entertainment for them as children will not be able to play around the room. California winegrape growers are anticipating a loss of $437 million in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

2:50 p.m.

Despite Monterey County averaging more than 100 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, the county’s health officer Dr. Edward Moreno says there is some positive news about the spread of COVID-19 in the community. He says hospitalizations have remained stable over the past week, meaning hospitals are still able to provide care to sick patients. He also said the county is also not seeing an upward trend in morbidity or severity of illness.


2:30 p.m.

Some skilled nursing facilities in Monterey County are now reporting cases of COVID-19 among residents. The health department says of the 16 facilities in the county four are reporting cases in the last 14 days. According to the state’s data dashboard these facilities have less than 11 cases as each facility. An exact number below 11 is not provided. 


2:15 p.m.

Monterey County Health Officer, Dr Edward Moreno, says there is a chance that the county could be added to Governor Newsom’s County Monitoring List. The list includes county’s that have developed areas of concern when it comes to containing the spread of COVID-19. If that does happen the Governor could recommend the closure of bars across Monterey County. One of the areas of concern for Monterey County is the local coronavirus case rate. The county has exceeded 100 cases per 100,000 people over the past week. This is one of the indicators that both the state and county are monitoring.


1 p.m.

The Monterey County Health Department has revealed more information about the two COVID-19 fatalities that were recorded this past weekend. One of the deaths actually occurred in April and is only now being added to their data dashboard. The other death did occur over the weekend and was an adult with no pre-existing health conditions. The county’s health officer, Dr. Edward Moreno, says this is a reminder that the coronavirus doesn’t just affect individuals with diabetes or other pre-existing conditions. He says previously healthy people are succumbing to the virus.


11:50 a.m.

Natividad is inviting Salinas Valley residents to get tested for COVID-19 in Chualar this Thursday, July 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The drive-thru testing site is located in front of Chualar Elementary School (24285 Lincoln St. Entry through South St.) Testing is free and limited to the first 100 participants. You do not need to have symptoms to be tested. No identification or insurance card is required and registration is easy.


10 a.m.

Two deaths from COVID-19 were recorded over the weekend in Monterey County. This brings the total number of fatalities to 14. A total of 1,605 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the county, that’s an increase of 57 cases over a 24 hours period. A total of 122 people have required hospitalization. The county’s positivity rate is at 6.57% (that’s the number of people who have tested positive out of all that have been tested for the virus). 24,442 tests have been conducted.


9:45 a.m.

The California Department of Public Health and California Governor Gavin Newsom have released guidance on the closure of bars for counties on the County Monitoring List. The Department recommends that counties on the list for three or more consecutive days, but less than 14 days, close bars through local health officer order (or do not allow for the opening if bars have not yet been allowed to open in the county). Counties which have been on the list for 14 days or more are required to immediately close bars.

Impacted Counties:

Recommended Bar Closure:



-San Bernardino

-Santa Barbara



Mandatory Bar Closure:




-Los Angeles



The following counties do not have bars open currently and are recommended to keep them closed (Contra Costa and Santa Clara) or required to keep them closed (Imperial and San Joaquin) based upon their duration on the county monitoring list.

9:40 a.m.

In California, as of June 28, there are 216,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 5,936 people have died from the coronavirus. That marks a daily increase of 5,307 cases and 31 deaths. The rate of positive tests over the last 14 days is 5.5 percent. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 199 from June 28. Over 3.9 million tests have been conducted. That’s an average of over 82,000 tests over a 14-day period.

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.

Thursday Updates: 6/25/20

Jun 25, 2020

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Jun 24, 2020

Wednesday Updates: 6/24/20

Jun 24, 2020

Due to a planned  network service maintenance, KAZU's online audio streams may experience intermittent outages on the evenings of June 24th and 25, between 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. 

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The Marine Mammal Center


Since mid-May, disoriented and sometimes convulsing sea lions have been showing up on beaches across the Central Coast. It has become an annual occurrence with warming seas and algal blooms.

Blue Dot: Surf's Up!

Jun 22, 2020
Photo by Seth Deroulet

Broadcast: June 28, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

In this episode, 'Big Wave Dave' (Dave Schlom) talks surfing, featuring a conversation with San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins and retired NASA Oceanographer Bill Patzert, diving deep under the swells of the world of big waves with an emphasis on Mavericks -- the biggest surf wave on the west coast located in Half Moon Bay.

The conversation wraps up reminiscing about Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer and a campaign for surfer license plates as a tribute to the classic film.

Monday Updates: 6/22/20

Jun 22, 2020

Sunday Updates: 6/21/20

Jun 21, 2020