Local update on COVID-19 & more
February 9, 2021
Mask Up and Explore
MASK UP when exploring Monterey kelp forests and MASK UP when exploring Monterey above water. Explore safely and protect yourself and others.

PICTURED: Monterey's scenic San Carlos Beach is one of the west coast's top scuba diving destinations due to its easy entry and exit, lots of parking close to the beach, kelp forests full of colorful fish and critters, and a large colony of sea lions along the rocky breakwater jetty.
Local COVID-19 Testing Sites and State of California Update
From Governor Gavin Newsom today: "Hopeful signs continue."
  • One month ago, California reported 53K cases. Today: 8,251 cases. The state is reporting less than 10K cases for the first time in months.
  • California is now averaging the fewest cases per day over the past week since before Thanksgiving.
  • One month ago, California reported a 14% test positivity rate. Today: 4.8%.
  • Hospitalizations: down 34% in last 2 weeks.
  • ICU admissions: down 26% in last 2 weeks.

Let's not get complacent. These metrics are still much higher than anytime before the "winter surge." Keep wearing face coverings when you leave home, limit interactions with people outside of your household, keep a distance of at least six feet from others and wash your hands regularly. We can do this.
TOMORROW! Virtual Update with City Manager Hans Uslar
REMINDER: NEW dates for 2021! Join us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month for a virtual update with your city manager. 

During Monterey Mornings with the Manager, Hans Uslar will discuss the programs, policies and projects currently affecting our community, including a COVID-19 update and recent/upcoming City Council discussions and decisions. 

We'll be LIVE at tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. The program will be archived on our YouTube Channel. Bring your questions and feedback. Thank you for sharing with your neighbors.
Monterey County Wildfire/Atmospheric River Recovery Webinar and Disaster Unemployment Assistance Information
The County of Monterey is hosting a Monterey County Wildfire/Atmospheric River Recovery Webinar to provide an update on debris removal, information on the rebuilding process and assistance, and issues of concern from the recent atmospheric river/winter storm. Invited panelists include Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, Environmental Health, Public Works, Building Services, Assessor, and CalOES. 
When: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Passcode: 675448
Via Telephone: 1-669-900-6833
Webinar ID: 934 4580 0301 

Eligible residents of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties who were impacted by the August 2020 wildfires have until February 20 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Learn more and apply for DUA by calling 1-800-300-5616 or visit
Be Prepared: February is Earthquake Awareness Month
February is an Earthquake Awareness Month! Earthquakes can happen anywhere and anytime. Make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected. Learn how to protect yourself before, during and after an earthquake by visiting and

The MyShake app provides life-saving seconds when an earthquake strikes. Download the app today and make sure you're ready for an earthquake. Learn more at
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
  • The commercial cannabis discussion - Survey results will be presented to City Council for discussion at a Feb. 24 Study Session.
  • Learn more about sea level rise and the study to determine how it will affect our transportation infrastructure.
Visit and register to have YOUR say!
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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.