COVID-19 and Fires Local Update
August 24, 2020
Some good news from the fires today:
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THANK YOU to all the crews from many agencies fighting these fires, and all the police and other support personnel! The Monterey Fire Department currently has 13 firefighters and a few fire apparatus assigned to the River and Carmel fires, the Dolan Fire, and the SZU Lightning Complex Fire in Santa Cruz. Our Monterey Fire Department, which serves Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sand City, Presidio of Monterey, Naval Postgraduate School, La Mesa Village and Monterey Regional Airport is still fully staffed and ready to respond as needed to our communities. Learn more about Monterey Fire at

Here's a Tweet from the Presidio of Monterey today. It gives an idea of the variety of fire units helping right now. See more photos on their Flickr site at
Blood Drive Tomorrow and Thursday at El Estero Park Center
Give Blood, Save Lives
American Red Cross Blood Drive
at El Estero Park Center
777 Pearl Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
or Thursday, August 27, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please consider registering for one of this weeks blood drives at the El Estero Park Center. We have an urgent need for blood and plasma donations as drives across the State have been canceled due to wildfires.

To schedule your appointment use the donate button below or for more information visit: and enter Sponsor Code: Monterey or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Due to COVID-19, no day of walk-in appointments will be accepted.

Please consider signing up to donate. El Estero Park Center will be offering regularly scheduled blood drives over the coming months.For information, please email
Now Accepting Applications for Emergency Rental Assistance
The City of Monterey is pleased to announce the start of an Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The City Council allocated $800,000 to fund this program. The program is designed to reduce homelessness and displacement of existing Monterey residents and workers who are experiencing a decrease in household income due to the COVID-19
pandemic and cannot pay their rent. Read today's news release and get more information at
Also from the Housing Programs Office, ECHO Fair Housing will continue their webinar series on Prohibitions on Evictions & Tenant Protections, every Tuesday at 5:30 PM from Aug 25 - Sep 29. Sign up at
New Podcast from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
MMWR Weekly COVID-19 Briefing is a weekly podcast to update readers on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response. In each episode, MMWR Editor-in-Chief Dr. Charlotte Kent provides an overview of the latest scientific information published in MMWR. New episodes are posted every Monday.
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Note: The statewide surveillance system is reported to be fixed.
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