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Santa Cruz and Monterey counties plan to apply for a variance from the state. This would allow the counties to move through Stage 2 of California's roadmap to reopening faster. San Benito County has already been approved



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

Wednesday Updates: 5/27/20

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12:25 p.m.

Fisherman’s Wharf (Wharf 1) is considering allowing outdoor seating as a way for restaurants to comply with state and county orders on social distancing. The plan, if adopted, would let restaurants on the wharf replace tables inside the restaurant with outside tables to maintain table count. Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey and Cannery Row are two other locations under consideration for outdoor seating.


12:20 p.m.

One of the items on the agenda for today’s (May 27) Monterey City Council working session is a discussion of increasing the hotel tax (TOT). The city says it has one of the lowest hotel taxes in the area. No specific increase is under consideration. The city is also looking at increasing city fees as a way to increase revenue in the wake of a $21 million budget shortfall.


12:15 p.m.

The City of Monterey is working on a plan to reopen the Sports Center. It is expected the reopening will happen in Stage 3 of Governor Newsom’s reopening plan but preparation has already begun. Weight and cardio machines are being rearranged for social distancing and policies for cleaning and sanitizing are being written. Initially the locker room will stay closed and the weight and cardio room will be by appointment only. The pool will reopen but with social distancing and by appointment only.


9:40 a.m.

Monterey County is currently reporting 429 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community. Fatalities remain at 8. 15 new cases were reported on May 25 (the latest numbers available). 8,740 tests have been conducted. The test positivity rate is currently at 4.91%. 



9:35 a.m.

Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of May 25, 205 known cases of COVID-19. This is an increase of 4 cases compared to the day before. Fatalities remain at 2. 30 residents have required hospitalization for COVID-19 and 137 have recovered from the virus. 7,848 negative lab results have been recorded.


9:30 a.m.

Santa Clara County is currently reporting 2,675 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 139 people have died from the virus. The county says this marks 24 new cases and no new deaths. 54 people are currently hospitalized, with 18 in ICU. The total number of patients tested for the virus is 65,957.

Tuesday Updates: 5/26/20

May 26, 2020

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2:40 p.m.

Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel has issued a new Health Order. This order allows office workspaces, in-store retail, religious services and cultural ceremonies, manufacturing, limited personal services, protests and outdoor museums to resume. All businesses and operations must continue complying with social distancing protocols and the order to wear face coverings. Childcare is now allowed for children of workers and volunteers in all open sectors, not just essential services. Dine-in restaurants are still considered a late Stage 2 activity subject to State approval of a variance allowing those activities to move forward. The County has initiated the variance process, with an application expected to be submitted June 2, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors. A review may take up to one week. Anyone who is 65 years old or older, as well as those who are medically vulnerable, should continue sheltering in place. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, and expires July 1, 2020.



3:40 p.m.

As of May 25, California has 96,733 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 3,814 people have died from the coronavirus. This represents an increase of 19 deaths and 2,175 cases compared to the prior day. Local health departments have reported 9,360 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 50 deaths statewide. 1,696,396 tests have been conducted.

2:15 p.m.

The California Department of Public Health today (May 26) announced that counties that have attested to meeting the criteria for accelerated re-opening may re-open hair salons and barbershops with modifications. Modifications include mandatory face coverings for both barbers or stylists and clients. Permitted activities include haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments. Salon activities that cannot be done include shaving, facial waxing, threading, eyelash services and facials. Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties have not qualified. San Benito County has qualified.


4:55 p.m.

Monterey County is reporting, as of May 26, 429 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Since May 24 there has been an increase of 8 cases. Fatalities remain at 8. 8,740 tests have been conducted.

3:45 p.m.

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on May 26, voted to support the submission of an attestation or variance to the state that will allow the county to advance further into Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap to reopening communities. The attestation form has been submitted and Monterey County has received confirmation it was received by the California Department of Public Health. Businesses allowed to reopen in Stage 2 must follow the state’s requirements to protect employees and customers, and must complete and post the Social Distancing Protocol template.

12:25 p.m.

The City of Monterey, along with many parts of the California coast, saw a huge number of visitors over the Memorial Day weekend. Monterey Police and Park Rangers had numerous contacts with beach goers. There were no major incidents and it was reported that about half of the visitors were wearing masks. 

12:10 p.m.

The City of Monterey will be hosting a working session on Wednesday, May 27, at 4 p.m. with the city council to continue to discuss the city’s financial situation. Monterey faces a $15-23 million decrease in revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant City Manager Nat Rojanasathira says one of the subjects under discussion will be a $2.4 million staffing reduction. The proposed reduction would come from retirements, salary freezes and additional potential layoffs. Any layoffs would be in addition to the more than 80 city employees about to be furloughed at the beginning of June. The city is also looking at eliminations or cutbacks in supplies, service contracts, and new technologies. Also under consideration are increases in fees and a potential increase in the city’s hotel tax (TOT). The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the coronavirus will result in a 70 percent loss in hotel tax revenue. The working session will be live streamed on YouTube.

10:45 a.m. 

Monterey County residents who live in south county have a number of options for pet food pantries. Food can be picked-up at:

- The Soledad Salvation Army (Tuesdays and Wednesday 12 - 5 p.m.)

- San Lucas Schools (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

- San Ardo School (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 12 noon)

- San Antonio School in Lockwood (Thursday 8 - 9 a.m.)

- Bradley Post Office (Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - noon)

- King City Rec Center (Mondays and Wednesdays 2 - 4 p.m.)

South County Animal Rescue are organizing the pantries but don’t run the sites so ask that those looking for pet food call the locations ahead of time.  


9:30 a.m.

As of May 25, Santa Clara County has 2,652 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 139 people have died from the virus. This represents 36 new cases and no new deaths. 54 people are currently hospitalized, 19 in ICU.

Monday Updates: 5/25/20

May 25, 2020

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8:40 p.m.

Santa Clara County has expanded their COVID-19 testing sites. The county launched or expanded six drive-through and pop-up test locations on Monday. The locations were chosen based on where increased cases are occurring. The county recommends that essential workers get tested now and once every month, even if they don't have symptoms.

Temporary Testing Sites: Testing will be available in outdoor “pop-up” sites, including one in San Jose on Friday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • La Placita Tropicana Shopping Center parking lot, 1630 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122

Drive-through Testing: Testing is available 7 days a week. Appointments are required for this drive-thru testing and these can be made online through a link at sccfreetest.org or by calling 888-334-1000.

  • 1325 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035 (location subject to change)
  • 18550 De Paul Dr., Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • 777 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 951121993
  • McKee Road, San Jose, CA 95116


3:20 p.m. 

As of Monday morning, there are 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Santa Cruz County residents. That marks an increase of 8 cases since the county’s report on Sunday. Fatalities remain at two people, 29 have required hospitalization and 132 have recovered from the virus. 7,366 negative tests have been recorded in the county.


3:15 p.m.

Monterey County supervisors will meet on Tuesday, May 26, to discuss requesting a variance from the state. This would allow the county to move through Stage 2 of California's roadmap to reopening faster. Expanded Stage 2 allows shopping and in-person dining with masks and social distancing. Monterey County officials say they’ve met the requirements to move forward under the state’s new criteria, which was announced earlier this week. Click here for the supervisors’ meeting agenda.

3:10 p.m.

United Farm Workers and World Central Kitchen is hosting their second meal drive for farmworkers Tuesday evening. About 3,000 meals will be distributed at Patriot’s Park in Greenfield beginning at 5 p.m. The meals are prepared by local restaurants.

3 p.m.

As of Monday afternoon, there are 413 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Monterey County residents.That marks an increase of 40 cases since Friday. Fatalities remain at 8 people, 53 have required hospitalization and 278 have recovered from the virus. Local labs have conducted 8,069 tests.


2:55 p.m.

The California Department of Public Health announced Monday that places of worship and retail stores can reopen statewide upon approval by county public health departments. Modifications are required to protect Californians. For example, places of worship can hold services and funerals, but should limit attendance to 25% of a building's capacity, or up to 100 attendees. 

2:40 p.m.

The California Department of Public Health says as of May 24, there are 94,558 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. 3,795 people have died. That’s an increase of 21 deaths since May 23. Local health departments have reported 9,328 confirmed positive cases in healthcare workers, with 50 deaths statewide. 1,644,102 tests have been conducted in California.

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