COVID-19 and More...Local Update
December 2, 2020
California Coronavirus Surge
California residents are feeling fatigue from shelter in place orders. Combined with the holidays and cold weather, we are seeing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases. The White House coronavirus task force has notified states that "the COVID risk to all Americans is at a historic high."

Monterey County health officials reported that 326 people were confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, one of the largest single-day increases this year. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula predicted increasing numbers to start coming in from residents infected during the Thanksgiving holiday.

On December 1 alone, the state had 21,000 positive cases and 113 deaths. Of California's 58 counties, 52 are now operating under the state's most restrictive coronavirus rules, comprising more than 99% of the population. If current trends continue, California may impose another stay at home order. This potential order would apply to counties in the widespread "purple tier" which includes Monterey County. Stay home. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Limit interactions and travel. Help us stop this surge. To prevent more stress on our hospital system, now is the time to take action. Protect yourself, your family and your neighbors.
Virtual Update with City Manager Hans Uslar Tomorrow
Thank you for joining us for this week's Monterey Mornings with the Manager. Get a virtual update with City Manager Hans Uslar about programs, policies and projects that are currently affecting our community, including COVID-19, the economy, the status of the Ryan Ranch Disc Golf Course and upcoming/recent City Council discussions and decisions. We'll be LIVE on tomorrow, Thursday, December 3 at 9AM. If you miss it, the program will be archived on our YouTube Channel.
COVID Testing Sites this Week
Local and State Assistance During the Pandemic
City Manager Hans Uslar announced at the Monterey City Council meeting last night that $415,000 in emergency rental assistance has been provided to 150 households. This program assists residents and workers in Monterey who have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Learn more at

This week, the Governor also announced some new programs: California is providing new relief for businesses including tax deferrals, an emergency relief package, and an increased California Rebuilding Fund. California’s $100 million Main Street Hiring Tax Credit will help businesses by providing $1,000 per qualified employee and up to $100,000 for each business. The State will also make available $500,000,000 in reserve funds for grants to small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural institutions. Businesses can apply for grants up to $25,000: News Release from State of California
Monterey Bay Fishing Community to Provide Fresh Seafood to Local Families in Need
The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust is connecting local fishermen and seafood businesses with members of the community in need of food assistance through the creation of the Monterey Bay Community Seafood Program. Seven small-scale seafood buyers will donate local catch to food assistance programs that support working families, seniors, and other community members in need. The program will support dozens of fishermen and seafood workers while providing meals of sustainably harvested rockfish, California halibut, sablefish, and grenadier to thousands of families in the region: News Release from Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust
Beaver Moon Over Monterey
Have you seen the stunning full moon this week? Called the Beaver Moon, the November moon got its name for the time of year when beavers scurried to their shelters ahead of winter, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. It was also the season to trap beavers for their thick pelts during the fur trade, the Almanac notes. The photo above is a great capture over Monterey Bay by @soulofca via Instagram.
Wildlife Wednesday: Jellyfish Invasion
Wow! Imagine swimming through this mass of electric creatures! “Blooms” of brown stinging nettles are common in Monterey when there is upwelling and the bay is cool. Wind and currents sweep them towards the shore and harbor. Brave and experienced scuba diving photographers like Joe Platko (@hiimjoe88 on Instagram) have been capturing the scene, but you might want to social distance from these jellies for a little while!
Important Links and Daily Numbers
NEW! California Department of Public Health Guidance Documents - the latest information on guidance about stay at home orders, mask wearing, reopening the economy and more,
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