Local update on COVID-19 & more
February 16, 2021
February is Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month - "...just sittin' on the dock of the bay⁣..." This photo at Fisherman's Wharf reminds us of Otis Redding’s classic song. Redding became a superstar after performing at the iconic Monterey Pop Festival in1967. Photo credit: Patrick Brown
Thank you, United Way of Monterey County
Monterey County 211’s call volume increased by 109% in 2020 compared to 2019. It's more than a helpline — it’s a lifeline. One call opens access to services to improve health and save lives.
Vaccination 4-1-1
Everyone in California will have an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at no cost. But our vaccination supply is limited right now. So we’re starting with the groups who are at highest risk, like people with a high chance of exposure and people 65 and older. Sign up to get notified when it's your turn to receive the #COVID19 vaccine: #StopTheSpread #EndThePandemic
This week's vaccination schedule for people within the current tiers (see tiers outlined below) - slots fill quickly but scheduling will continue:

  1. Monday, February 15th at Natividad Medical Center (Bldg. 400) 1:00PM - 7:00PM FULL
  2. Wednesday, February 17th at Mee Memorial Hospital (Rm. 19) 8:30AM - 4:00PM FULL
  3. Wednesday, February 17th at Mee Memorial Hospital (Rm. 19) 8:30AM - 4:00PM FULL
  4. Friday, February 19th at Mee Memorial Hospital (Rm. 19) 8:30AM - 4:00PM FULL

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now providing a Covid Data Tracker Weekly Review. Excerpt from Feb. 12: “Better, but not good enough” Don’t let your guard (or mask) down. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to trend downward. But even with that progress, the daily numbers of new cases and deaths remain much higher than the first two peaks of the pandemic in the spring and summer of 2020. (Note: This information is based on national data. California reports a decline in cases from the summer peak.) See the full review at and subscribe for weekly updates:
Here’s what we are doing while we wait our turn for the COVID-19 vaccines: masking up, staying at least six feet apart from others, avoiding crowds, and not gathering inside with people we don’t live with. This is how we'll make a difference and help. These actions also help reduce the chances of variant types of the virus.
FREE Covid-19 testing
COVID-19 testing sites by appointment are available at or by calling 1-888-634-1123. More details are listed at
Outdoor Cycle class starting at the Monterey Sports Center
Important Covid-19 protocols in place. See the full schedule of classes
COVID-19 numbers for 93940
Here are today's numbers from CHOMP:
Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
  • The commercial cannabis discussion - THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the survey! 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!
Important Links and Daily Numbers
Please note: Data refreshes Tuesday through Saturday
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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.