KAZU's Coronavirus Blog: Latest Updates, Resources

Credit CDC.gov

Monterey and Santa Cruz counties are now allowing nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapy and more to resume/reopen. State guidance for these personal care services can be found here. State guidance for face coverings, now required in most settings outside the home, can be found here.



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

Wednesday Updates: 7/8/20

11 hours ago

Click to return to blog homepage.


10:45 a.m.

In California, as of July 6, there are 277,774 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have resulted in 6,448 deaths. The state saw a daily increase of 6,090 cases and 111 deaths. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 199 from Sunday. Over 4.8 million tests have been conducted. The positivity rate over the last 14 days is 6.8 percent.


12:25 p.m.

Monterey County has been informed by the state that a new health order, that imposes certain restrictions on the business sector, is now in place (as of July 8). The order will remain in effect until three weeks after the county no longer exceeds the state’s thresholds. That means from today bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, must close all indoor and outdoor operations. Dine-in restaurants, wineries, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms must close indoor operations.


As of July 8, Monterey County is exceeding the state’s threshold’s in two categories: case rates per 100,000 people, and the positivity rate. The county is currently not exceeding the state’s threshold when it comes to recent hospitalizations.

10:40 a.m.


The Grower Shipper Association of the Central Coast (GSA) has teamed with Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS) to provide COVID-19 testing for agricultural workers with more timely results. The association says they created this option because they were hearing from workers that test results were taking up to six days to arrive. This was causing labor shortages on farms. The association says ag workers can now be tested with or without symptoms and through this program results are available within 48 hours. The program allows for testing to happen in preferred locations for farm workers.


10:20 a.m.

Monterey County is currently reporting 2,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 31 cases in a 24 hour period. Fatalities remain at 17. A total of 155 people have required hospitalization, three in the last 24 hours. 30,738 tests have been conducted. The county’s positivity rate is at 7.38%.


10:10 a.m.

Santa Cruz County is reporting, as of July 8, 503 known cases of COVID-19. On July 7, they reported two new cases. Currently there are 211 active known cases. 289 have recovered from the coronavirus. A total of 51 people have required hospitalization. 19,691 negative tests have been recorded.

Monday Updates: 7/6/20

Jul 6, 2020

Click to return to blog homepage.


6:10 p.m.


Monterey County says their two free Optum COVID-19 testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield are currently booked to capacity. They say while this is good news, the bad news is that there is a high ‘no show’ rate. The county is urging the public to either cancel or reschedule any appointment they make. No shows means walk-in clients, many referred due to contact tracing work, are being turned away.


6 p.m.

Natividad will be hosting a pop-up drive-thru testing site in King City this Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m. near the King City Recreation Department. Those wanting to be tested can access the testing site from Division St. to San Lorenzo Ave. between the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds and City Park. Testing is free and limited to 100 participants. You do not need to have symptoms to be tested. No identification or insurance card is required. The pop-up is a collaboration between Natividad, the City of King City and Mee Memorial Healthcare System.

5:40 p.m.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is postponing its reopening. It comes after the state ordered the reclosure of all bars in Monterey County and asked other industries like zoos and aquariums, that don’t have outdoor operations, to close too. That aquarium had been scheduled to reopen on July 9. The aquarium says it will continue to closely monitor the situation and announce its reopening date when the county’s status improves. Ticket purchases affected by this announcement can be used at a later date.

12:45 a.m.

The State of California is now asking Monterey County to close indoor operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. Monterey County was placed on the state’s COVID-19 county monitoring list last Thursday, July 2, after experiencing elevated disease transmission locally. In reponse to the reclosures Dr. Edward Moreno, the county's health officer, said, “We all have a responsibility in slowing this disease and protecting the most vulnerable among us. We will follow the Governor’s directive and expect all residents, visitors and business owners to do so as well.” The county added that an effective date for these changes is not yet known, but the county will alert the community as soon as more information is available.

11:40 a.m.

The City of Monterey saw good mask and social distancing compliance over the Fourth of July weekend. By Saturday, July 4, code compliance officers issued just three citations for mask violations. The officers reported almost complete compliance with the city’s order to wear masks. The city handed out more than 30 masks to people who didn’t have them. City Manager Hans Uslar called the weekend a “success.”

Almost all beaches were closed on the Monterey Peninsula. Monterey Police report the city’s beaches were empty.


There was a citation for illegal fireworks over the weekend in Monterey. The citation carries a $1000 fine.  


11:15 a.m.

Monterey County was placed on the state’s COVID-19 county monitoring list last Thursday, July 2, after experiencing elevated disease transmission locally. The key areas where the county is not reaching the state’s targets for slowing the spread of the coronavirus are:

- Having a positivity rate of more than 8 percent over the period of a week,

- Seeing more than 10 percent increase in hospitalizations over a three day period. 

The county is also very close to not reaching the target of having less than 100 positive cases per 100,000 people over a two week period. Monterey County has its own targets it’s monitoring with data that differs from the state’s.

11 a.m.

Applications for Monterey County’s Great Plates Delivered Program are no longer being accepted at this time because the program has reached its capacity. 200 seniors at high-risk from COVID-19 are now being delivered three healthy meals everyday from seven restaurants strategically located around the county. If it isn’t extended by FEMA the program will end on July 10.

9:30 a.m.

In Monterey County they are currently reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases have reached 2,151. That’s an increase of 87 cases over a 24 hour period. Fatalities remain at 15. A total of 149 people have required hospitalization and 1,203 have recovered from the coronavirus. 29,636 tests have been conducted.


10:40 a.m.

The Santa Cruz County Clerk and Santa Cruz County Parks have joined efforts to offer weddings at no cost on Sunday, July 19 at Valencia Hall (2555 Valencia Road) in Aptos. Couples can book their “Vows at Valencia” free wedding ceremony online or call 831-454-2060. Ceremonies will take place outdoors, the number of guests is limited to 15, and guests are required to wear masks covering their nose and mouth. Ceremonies will occur every 30 minutes from 1pm until 6pm. There is no cost for the wedding ceremony; however, couples must purchase a marriage license prior to July 19. Marriage licenses in Santa Cruz County cost $90 and are issued by the Santa Cruz County Clerk located at 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, in Santa Cruz.

9:25 a.m.

In Santa Cruz County, as of July 6, there are 459 known cases of COVID-19. Fatalities remain at three. 22 new cases were reported on July 3. Currently there are 181 known active cases and a total of 48 people have required hospitalization. 19,039 negative tests have been conducted.


10:30 a.m.

The California Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, is calling on laboratories across the state to speed up test processing for at-risk groups. This includes those who are hospitalized or in long-term care facilities, and patients in institutional settings, including prisons and jails. Dr. Ghaly said, “Together, we increased testing from 2,000 tests per day to 100,000 test per day in just a few months.” But added that as testing capabilities scaled up labs have been overwhelmed with specimens slowing down timelines.

9:20 a.m.

As of July 4, California has 260,155 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 6,331. That’s a daily increase of 5,410 cases of 18 deaths. The rate of positive tests over the last 14 days is 6.3 percent. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 74 from July 3. More than 4.6 million tests have been conducted.   

Friday Updates: 7/3/20

Jul 3, 2020

Click to return to blog homepage.


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.

Wednesday Updates 7/1/20

Jul 1, 2020

Click to return to blog homepage.


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.

Monday Updates: 6/29/20

Jun 29, 2020

Thursday Updates: 6/25/20

Jun 25, 2020

Wednesday Updates: 6/24/20

Jun 24, 2020

Monday Updates: 6/22/20

Jun 22, 2020

Sunday Updates: 6/21/20

Jun 21, 2020

Friday Updates: 6/19/20

Jun 19, 2020

Wednesday Updates: 6/17/20

Jun 17, 2020

Tuesday Updates: 6/16/20

Jun 16, 2020

Monday Updates 6/15/20

Jun 15, 2020

Sunday Updates: 6/14/20

Jun 14, 2020

Saturday Updates: 6/13/20

Jun 13, 2020

Friday Updates 6/12/20

Jun 12, 2020

Thursday Updates: 6/11/20

Jun 11, 2020

Wednesday Updates: 6/10/20

Jun 10, 2020