COVID-19 & More...Local Update
December 8, 2020
Did you hear the thunderous surf or see the large waves today? A High Surf Advisory was issued for the northern part of Monterey Bay, warning of large breaking waves, sneaker waves and rip currents. Del Monte Beach is usually calm, but had larger waves than normal, attracting surfers. For weather news and beach conditions, follow us on Twitter @CityofMonterey. Monterey Bay beaches are cold and unpredictable, so please listen to warnings from National Weather Service officials before you visit.
What did we learn this week about the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • California's test positivity rate for COVID-19 is 10.1% over the last two weeks.
  • The state is seeing the most hospitalizations ever since the start of the pandemic with 10,567-- a 70% increase in the last two weeks.
  • ICU admissions have also increased about 70%.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to more than 2,200 a day on average, matching the frightening peak reached last April, and cases per day have eclipsed 200,000 on average for the first time on record.
  • The U.S. is accounting for one-third of all world cases over the last several weeks

Monterey County is part of the newly established Bay Area Region. The State will implement a stay-at-home order when these regions reach below 15% ICU capacity.

California's available ICU capacity by region as of 12/8:
Bay Area 24.5%
Greater Sacramento 18.8%
Northern California 25%
San Joaquin Valley 5.6%
Southern California 10.1%

Wear a mask, don’t gather, physically distance and stay home.
Buy Local and Shop Small This Holiday Season
This is your weekly reminder to shop small and local this holiday season! Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row are decorated festively for your visit and family photo ops. Shop in local retail shops or gift an experience of whale watching, fishing, hotel stay, or a tasty seafood dinner. We also have renowned wineries, coffee shops and breweries. There is so much to choose from here in town! Please shop safely by wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently and keeping your distance from shoppers and staff.

Major online retailers are doing better than ever during the pandemic. Let's all do our best to support our neighbors' "brick and mortar" businesses and the jobs and tax revenue that they provide. Our local businesses are what make our community special- there's nowhere like Old Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, Downtown and our many other unique business districts.
FEMA Wildfire Assistance Deadline Approaching
Wildfire survivors in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties may be eligible for disaster assistance through FEMA, but the deadline for applications is approaching on December 11. Survivors can apply for grants or low-interest disaster loans, which can help cover rent, home repair, vehicle repair or replacement and more. Visit or call 800-621-3362 to register or get more information.
Virtual Cookie Exchange
Holiday Baking is a tradition for many and the scent of favorite recipes baking can bring back fond memories from when we were younger. Are you baking this holiday season? Would you like to do a virtual cookie exchange? Share your favorite holiday cookie recipe for a chance to win a prize from Monterey Recreation!

Follow @MontereyRecreation on Facebook and Instagram and share your cookie recipe! Tag #showushowyouplayMonterey or email We will anonymously and virtually share recipes beginning Friday, Dec. 11.

Visit our Virtual Recreation Center for new and fun weekly ideas to learn and be creative at home.
Monterey Angels and Ornaments - Gifts for the Monterey History Buff
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8th, our Museums Office will be selling Monterey Angels cards and Colton Hall, Presidio of Monterey Museum, and Pacific Biological Labs ornaments! Pack of 8 angel cards and envelopes are $13.00, or individually for $2.70. Ornaments are $10 each, or $25.00 for 3. Tax is included in the price. See a slideshow of the cards and ornaments at

The cards and ornaments will be available to purchase at the Gordon House located at 526 Pierce Street. You can purchase these items Monday through Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. up until December 23rd. 

They accept card, cash, and checks, but prefer card for safety purposes. Masks and social distancing are required. When you arrive, please knock or call our Museums Office line at 831-646-5648. These are perfects gifts for history lovers! Shop local, stay safe, and Happy Holidays!
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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