COVID-19 Local Update
September 10, 2020
Patriot Day, 9/11
In honor of Patriot Day, the City of Monterey joins the nation in observing a moment of silence (traditionally observed at 8:46 AM EST) for those who lost their lives from the Sep 11th attacks. American Flag Half Staff Alert, Friday, Sep 11, sunrise to sunset, honoring the Sep. 11, 2001 victims.
Be Kind to Nature - Protect Your Happy Place
This year, Coastal Cleanup Day is Coastal Cleanup Month! Coastal Cleanup Day is typically one of the biggest volunteer events of the year in California, but due to the pandemic, organizations are encouraging local cleanups close to home with household groups. Grab your family or housemates to clean up your street, park, local shoreline or anywhere else that you call your happy place. Find more information via Save Our Shores
- Post a photo and tag #ProtectYourHappyPlace to show us your cleanup! THANK YOU!
📸: Monterey Virtual Recreation Contributor
The Monterey Conference Center is open as a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center - THROUGH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 10 AM to 6 PM. Monterey County also has a Virtual Local Assistance Center.

As of this morning:
As of this afternoon:
  • Dolan Fire in Big Sur: 111,382 acres, 26% contained - evacuation warnings and orders
Wildfire Smoke Information, Resources and Air Quality
See to monitor air quality levels in your location.

Thankfully the River and Carmel fires are 100% contained. But California still has many fires burning, including the fires in Big Sur and Santa Cruz, causing hazardous air quality in many locations. The Monterey Bay Air Resources District website has a comprehensive web page to help explain what you should know and what you should do to protect yourself from poor air quality. When air quality is poor the recommendation is to:
  • Stay indoors and keep windows closed
  • Reduce physical activity
  • Check on loved ones with lung & heart conditions
Please see to learn more and to check local air quality.
COVID-19 Testing on the Monterey Peninsula - What you need to know
published by CHOMP
The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) has an informative web page about COVID-19 testing in Monterey County. Community Hospital helps fund the Visiting Nurses Association testing sites. Planned Parenthood offers free testing at Monterey Peninsula College - See testing days and times. Monterey County residents can also get free tests in Salinas, Greenfield, Watsonville, and Hollister. For appointments call (888) 634-1123 or visit

See all the information at - thank you CHOMP!
Housing Community Partner, ECHO Housing, Hosts Tester Training, Oct. 21
Visit the ECHO Fair Housing website at
Monterey Recreation's Virtual Recreation Center's Video of the Week
Important Links and Daily Numbers
The City of Monterey is working to provide local resources and support every day to help us get past the pandemic. Here's a look at the past six months: MONTEREY RESPONDS
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