KAZU COVID-19 Coverage & Resources

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Welcome to KAZU’s COVID-19 Coverage & Resource Page. Here you’ll find what you need to stay up-to-date on how the pandemic is affecting us here in the Monterey Bay: COVID-19 updates, local resources and stories you might have missed.

WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP: 9 COVID Deaths This Week In Monterey County, 60% Of Santa Cruz County Cases Reported In Last 2 Weeks 

HELPFUL LINKS: 

MONTEREY COUNTY

Monterey County Health Department
City of Monterey Coronavirus Webpage

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
City of Santa Cruz Coronavirus Webpage

If you'd like to see a national map of COVID-19 cases check out COVID-19 Case Mapper.

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:

STATEWIDE

California Department of Public Health
California COVID-19 Webpage

Local COVID-19 Testing Appointments
Bay Area & Monterey Co. Resources - Food, Medical, Legal

HELPLINES & CALL CENTERS:  

Santa Cruz County COVID-19 hotline: 831-454-4242 or text “COVID19” to 211-211
Monterey County COVID-19 hotline: 831-755-4521 or 831-769-8700 or 211

Doug McKnight

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup where you'll find the top local stories of the week and some of NPR's national stories.

County of Santa Cruz

Before the pandemic, county health officers mainly worked behind-the-scenes. Now, they are center stage. In a one-on-one conversation, KAZU’s Erika Mahoney interviewed Dr. Gail Newel, the Health Officer for Santa Cruz County. They discuss a variety of topics, from new evidence on the effectiveness of masks to how the pandemic has affected her daily life. 

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Anastacio Cruz spent three months in hospital battling COVID-19. At one stage, the Salinas resident was given a slim chance of survival. But he did survive. He and his family shared their story with KAZU's Michelle Loxton.

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Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup where you'll find the top local stories of the week and some of NPR's national stories.

Michelle Loxton

 


The CEOs of four hospitals in Monterey County held a joint news conference Wednesday to announce a COVID-19 call to action. As the number of hospitalized patients increases locally, the hospitals have put aside competition to emphasize the need for public assistance to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

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Most schools in Santa Cruz and Monterey County start in August. Classes will begin online as districts grapple with how to teach in a pandemic. The decision to open with distance learning favors student and teacher safety, but comes with challenges and sacrifice. 

California Suffers Two Tragic Pandemic Milestones

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Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup where you'll find the top local stories of the week and some of NPR's national stories. 

California reached some troubling and somber milestones this week. On Tuesday, the state reported 12,807 confirmed COVID-19 cases, a record daily high, and on Thursday, a record number of deaths in a single day - 159.

Richard Green

As COVID-19 boomerangs in California, local hospitals are treating a record number of patients. KAZU News checked in with Dr. Allen Radner, Chief Medical Officer of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

 


A Monterey County doctor spent two months working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. He was deployed as part of the military’s response to the coronavirus.

Hannah Hagemann

 


New COVID-19 cases have been spiking in Santa Cruz County. Health officials are preparing to handle even more cases.

 


Museums in Monterey County have been ordered to close again. The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has forced museums around the region to reassess how they connect with their guests, even while their doors are shut.

 

@GavinNewsom on Twitter

California is now asking Monterey County to reclose a number of businesses. It comes after the state placed Monterey County on its COVID-19 watchlist due to elevated COVID-19 transmission.

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.

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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.

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