COVID-19 and More...Local Update
December 3, 2020
THE LIGHTS ARE LIT - Hopefully bringing you a little cheer!
The pandemic is temporary. We will get through this. Hopefully the lights provide a little holiday cheer for now. The grounds at Colton Hall and City Hall are open to the public for outdoor, in-person enjoyment. Photo credit: Doug McKnight
Stop the Surge - New State Orders Announced Today for Regions Falling Below 15 % ICU Capacity
We are now in the third wave of the pandemic, and Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a new Regional Stay at Home Order to help ease the burden on hospitals and public health workers. The new order breaks down the state into five regions - Monterey County is in the Bay Area region. The new order will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. The Bay Area region currently has more than 15% ICU capacity, but we all need to work together to keep it that way. Let's do this Monterey.
Financial Relief for Businesses - The Governor also today announced a new immediate relief fund for businesses. California is providing new relief for businesses including tax deferrals, an emergency relief package, and an increased California Rebuilding Fund. Visit for details.
Child Care Resource - Many families are struggling with balancing the need to go to work while children are home due to schools being closed. The State created a website to help parents locate daycare and other childcare. Visit, enter your zip code and find potential childcare options.
Update on the Covid-19 Testing Site at Seaside High School
Following the Thanksgiving break, the testing site at Seaside High School has seen a significant uptick in visitors. If you plan on going, we encourage you to make an appointment in advance (they only post appointments for a partial week and then release the next batch of appointments.) The walk-in hours are from 4 - 7 p.m. have been impacted following Thanksgiving. Staff at the site have mentioned folks come and start lining up between 2:45 - 3 p.m. to wait for the 4 p.m. walk-in period to open up.
They have run out and have been turning folks away so it is best to make an appointment in advance or arrive early for a walk-in appointment. (NOTE: they close for break between 5 - 5:30 p.m.). You are required to complete the registration at prior to walking in for a test. The center does not have the capacity or resources to help participants register. Thanks to MPUSD for this update.
Video Replay of Today's Mornings with the Manager Dec. 3, 2020
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