Local News

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends the use of cloth face coverings, especially in hotspots of the coronavirus. The state of California also recommends the use of face coverings, which can be homemade.

All Californians are under orders from Governor Gavin Newsom to stay home in light of the coronavirus. Santa Cruz County and Monterey County health officers have extended their shelter in place orders for local residents through May 3.


Erika Mahoney


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

Updated at 9:20 p.m. ET

Three security screeners at a Northern California airport have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed in an email late Tuesday.

The transportation security officers, all of whom work at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, are the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus within the agency, according to a union official with TSA Council 100.

The identities of the three screeners have not been released.

California Census Office

Households across the country will start receiving 2020 census instructions in the mail this week. The census only happens once every ten years. But historically, many people in Monterey County don’t fill it out.

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.

Dylan Music

About one-third of Santa Cruz County’s population identifies as Latino, according to the latest Census Bureau figures. Yet there hasn’t been a single bookstore in the county that catered specifically to Spanish readers, until now.

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.

Michelle Loxton

Preliminary election results are in, but there's still a lot of work to do before the results are certified. KAZU News got a behind-the-scenes look at the vote counting process.

Erika Mahoney


Since California’s primary was earlier this year, many voters felt their voice really counted this time around. KAZU’s Erika Mahoney visited a Monterey Bay area polling place on Super Tuesday to get a taste of how voters, old and new, made their mark. 

Local Super Tuesday Results Certified

Mar 3, 2020
Michelle Loxton

Updated: 04/03/2020 at 11:30am PST


*Santa Cruz County and Monterey County election results have been certified. As a note, jurisdictions who haven't certified their results yet do have until April 24, 2020 to do so, which may affect statewide results.


Over a dozen states held nominating contests on Super Tuesday (March 3, 2020), including California.


Bernie Sanders won California’s Democratic Presidential Primary election, the largest state with the largest delegate haul. He received 35.8% of the vote.



Erika Mahoney


More than 70 graduate students are now slated to lose their spring jobs, according to the UC Santa Cruz spokesperson. The increase comes after the campus found a total of 74 teaching assistants continued to withhold fall quarter grades.  



Erika Mahoney

UC Santa Cruz announced Friday that 54 striking graduate students will lose their spring jobs. The news came as the students marked their third full week of not teaching.

Erika Mahoney

The rate of sea level rise is accelerating. Communities along the California coast are preparing for that eventuality. In Santa Cruz County, some are pushing back against the plans.  

Doug McKnight

With reports of possible Russian interference in this year’s vote, security is a major concern for election offices around the country. Here on the Central Coast, election officials have established new procedures for California’s March 3rd Primary.