Monterey County has surpassed 10,000 cases of coronavirus this week. The United States has surpassed 7 million cases, while the death toll around the world has passed 1 million. Monterey County has one of the lowest death rates in California, but ranks 9th in the number of cases per 100,000 residents. Nearly half of our cases are residents under the age of 35, but 80% of deaths are among residents over 55.
Monterey continues to be in the Widespread/Purple tier. This week's adjusted case rate is 9.9/100K, which needs to be 7/100K or less for two weeks for the County to move to the next tier and reopen more businesses.
We are still in the grips of this pandemic, and health experts are worried about the double threat of the flu season arriving. Please remember that precautions against COVID-19, like social distancing, washing hands and wearing a mask, can also protect people against the flu. Montage Health is also recommending flu shots to protect you even further and they will be offering a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, September 30 to discuss COVID-19 and the flu. Visit facebook.com/chompmonterey
at 5:30PM for the virtual meeting and visit bit.ly/MontereyCountyFluShots
for information about their upcoming flu shot clinics.