Local update on COVID-19 & more
February 2, 2021
Winter Storm Update on Groundhog's Day
Another round of storms have arrived this week, but the rainfall is minor compared to last week's destructive atmospheric river. Another weak front drops down Wednesday afternoon with more light showers possible. As a recap, nearly 8,000 Monterey County residents were ordered to evacuate. Mudslides and flooding affected communities in the Salinas Valley and Carmel. Intense rainfall created a debris flow in the Dolan Fire burn scar that washed away a 150-foot chunk of roadway on Highway 1 in Big Sur. Due to that damage, the highway will only be open to local residents, with a traffic checkpoint staffed 24 hours a day to allow them to return home to assess any damage. There is no estimate when that section of the highway will reopen. Big Sur is still accessible from the north end of Highway 1, with the washout occurring 15 miles south of the town and 30 miles north of the Monterey-San Luis Obispo county line.

Today is Groundhog's Day, and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow- predicting another six more weeks of winter. His forecast differs from local meteorologists as dry weather returns to the Central Coast after this storm system. Rainfall for our area is at about 66% of normal as of January 31. Follow us on Twitter at for weather updates and visit for travel alerts from CalTrans. Photo by Monterey County Sheriff's Office via Twitter.
Last week's storm is a good reminder to always be prepared in case of an emergency. Do you have these essentials ready to go?
New Monterey County Vaccine Allocation and Administration Chart
The Monterey County Health Department added a new feature to its website that allows you to track the COVID-19 vaccinations received, requested and given:

The chart above was updated on February 1. According to the Health Department, vaccine allocation (doses received) and administration (shots given) information will be updated once a week on Mondays by 5:00 p.m.
COVID-19 vs Flu and Monterey County Testing Sites
Sick and wondering if you might have COVID-19 or flu? Both contagious respiratory illnesses have some similar, common symptoms. But people sick with COVID-19 often have symptoms less common for people sick with flu. Learn more at

Still not sure? Get tested at one of these State Supported Sites- open Tuesday though Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting
  • Castroville - Castroville Library, 11160 Speegle Street
  • Salinas - Cesar Chavez Library, 815 Williams Road
  • Seaside - Seaside High School, 2200 Noche Buena Street
  • Soledad - Soledad High School, 425 Gabilan Drive - Drive through
Food Assistance for Residents and Pets in Monterey County
City of Monterey, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Food Bank for Monterey County and the SPCA are among the organizations offering food assistance this month. Make a reservation for the City of Monterey's weekly drive thru food drives at MPUSD offers free food boxes for their families on Wednesdays and Thursdays- see the schedule and locations in the graphic below. SPCA is also hosting a free Pet Food Bank- learn more at Check out the full list of Food Bank for Monterey County's Weekly Distribution Sites. Thank you to all of these organizations, staff, volunteers and donors who make these programs possible for residents in need.
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants - Apply Now!
The second application round for California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is now open! Apply at Applications close on February 8 at 6:00 p.m. PST. Round one eligible and waitlisted applicants do not need to apply again. Free application webinars are offered daily.
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
  • Watch your mailbox for a print version of the survey - complete and drop in the mail, postage paid!
  • 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!
  • The commercial cannabis discussion - Survey results will be presented to City Council for discussion at a Feb. 24 Study Session.
Visit and register to have YOUR say!
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