COVID-19 and Fires Local Update
August 28, 2020
Friday Feeling
Photo credit: Thank you to @seawithmorgan on Instagram

This harbor seal may be saying goodbye to the long week, or hello to the weekend. Either way, we are getting that #FridayFeeling. Phew! What a week! There is never enough thanks we can give to the many firefighters and other first responders. It's not an easy time in Monterey County but we can all feel good about all the community support being provided.
Here are latest fire stats as of this afternoon:

The interactive map (link below) also shows the distribution points for people repopulating the evacuated areas.
Monterey Conference Center the Local FEMA Disaster Resource Center
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) representatives will be available starting Monday, August 31 between 10 AM and 8 PM at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza to assist with fire victim registrations.

Applicants can apply by visiting, downloading the app to a smartphone or tablet, or contact 1 800-621-3362. For more information, please read the CalOES/FEMA news release.
Photos below: FEMA's socially distanced measures
The weekly Construction News has been updated to reflect the latest information for construction projects starting or continuing next week. Please see for details.
Governor Today Announces New State Guidelines for Reopening
Per the Monterey County Health Department News Release this evening: Today Governor Newsom announced revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. The new program, Blueprint for a Safer Economy, replaces the County Data Monitoring List for determining what business can and cannot open. 

The new program assigns each county to a tier based on case rate and positivity rate. These two rates are being used to determine the spread of the virus in each county.

Currently, Monterey County is in the widespread (purple) tier. Monterey County’s metrics as of today:

15.5 New COVID-19 positive cases per 100K
10.9% Positivity rate
For Monterey County to move to a less restrictive tier the case rate needs to be 4-7 daily new cases (per 100K) and 5-8% positivity rate. More information about the tiers are available

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will assess indicators weekly, publishing updated data starting on September 8, 2020.  A County must remain in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks before moving to a different tier and can only move one tier at a time even if metrics qualify for a different tier.

In his press conference today, the Governor announced additional changes to industry restrictions in each tier. Starting Monday, August 31st, hair salons and barbershops can open indoors with modifications in Monterey County. All retail may open indoors with capacity limited to 25%. Grocery store capacity must be limited to 50%. Shopping Centers (indoor malls, destination shopping centers, swap meets) can also open with restrictions including operating at 25% capacity, and closure of common areas and indoor dining at food courts. Guidance is available at
New CDC Web Page on How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Visit the new CDC web page to learn How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask. Wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.

Making a decision about selecting a mask can be confusing. This new web site provides tips on how to choose your masks.
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