Local update on COVID-19 & more
January 21, 2021
Wildlife Wednesday
Happy Wildlife Wednesday on a beautiful, warm January day. Here's a photo taken in Monterey Bay of a juvenile greenling huddling for safety inside a red anemone. This symbiotic relationship is considered mutualistic - benefiting both the fish and the anemone. The fish is not affected by the anemone sting so he can hide safely among the tentacles and avoid potential predators. The fish attracts potential prey for the anemone to capture for food.
Monterey County Vaccination Registration - Vaccinate ALL 58
Monterey County Health Department is currently scheduling COVID-19 appointments for Phase 1A, Tiers 1-3 - Healthcare Workers and law enforcement personnel that frequently respond to medical calls. Proof of sector required at vaccine appointment. Vaccination appointments are for people who live or work in Monterey County and are members of the phase and tier currently being vaccinated.

Staff will be required to show one of the following four pieces of identification:
  • Health Care Worker employee badge with photo, OR
  • Professional license AND a photo ID, OR
  • Signed letter from employer on facility letterhead AND a photo ID, OR
  • Payment stub from healthcare provider with your name AND a photo ID

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Update on Testing Specifics at Seaside High School
Thank you to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for this important update about the Seaside High School COVID-19 testing center. We have been hearing conflicting information about their process and time, so we went over and spoke to them to receive information first hand.

We have learned:
  • Days/Times - Remains Tuesdays - Saturdays beginning at 8:00 a.m.
  • Must register in advance to receive a patient number from LHI at
  • It's best to make an appointment in advance - they are running about a week out for appointment dates/times. There are other locations, such as Castroville, and other areas that may be closer to your home.
  • Walk-In process has changed. They used to be after 4:00 p.m., but we are told now they begin at 8:00 a.m. and administer until they run out (first come, first serve). If you wait toward the end of the day, they will likely run out as they only have a limited quantity on hand for walk-ins.
Here is the original information, but NOTE that the walk-in information is out of date -
Community Foundation for Monterey County Announces New Grants
The Community Foundation for Monterey County announced a March 5 deadline for applying for a Community Impact Grants. This is the only 2021 grant deadline for all program areas. See for details. Information session geared to new applicants January 22 at 10 AM:
Arts Council for Monterey County FREE Mask Posters
Download the Arts Council of Monterey County's colorful #Arts4MC mask posters at and place them in the window of your business or home! Thank you for helping to "Keep Monterey County Safe"! During this pandemic, it’s important to protect ourselves, our neighbors, visitors and businesses. Which is your favorite?
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Encourages Proper Mask Disposal to Respect and Protect Wildlife
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District is reaching out with information on the best way to dispose of face masks to help protect wildlife. Learn more about the Park District at
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
Here are today's numbers for the 93940 zip code - we need the arrows to turn around.
Below are CHOMP's daily Covid-19 numbers and ICU capacity. Also posted at To see more data visit
Volunteer at the Monterey Public Library
Due to severe budget cuts, volunteers are providing vital support so that we can continue to offer library services. Please fill out the form if you are interested in volunteering at the Library:
Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
  • Watch the Business Forum on Third-Party Food Delivery Fees - (Click the link or watch below) Restaurateurs, business operators, delivery drivers, and third-party food delivery service providers were encouraged to attend this virtual business forum to discuss a potential temporary ordinance, and share the pros and cons of capping delivery fees. The forum took place on January 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. via ZoomGov. Learn more on Have Your Say...
  • Take the cannabis survey - due by Feb. 7. Please register and let us know your thoughts about commercial cannabis in Monterey! Help us move the dial and get 500 responses!

Visit and register to have YOUR say!
Important Links and Daily Numbers - Note per Monterey County Health Department: Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
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Wearing masks is a proven method to stop the spread of COVID-19. Let's get our economy reopened - wear a mask.